Barton: Joe Louis can rule the Dubai World Cup

Jerry Barton has already trained a Dubai World Cup runner-up and has tipped 2009 contender Joe Louis to spring a surprise at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday.

Jerry Barton has already trained a Dubai World Cup runner-up and has tipped 2009 contender Joe Louis to spring a surprise at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday.

Sei Mi finished second behind Street Cry seven years ago to hand Saudi Arabia-based trainer Barton his best finish to date on Dubai’s biggest night.

And although Joe Louis is currently a 66-1 outsider, Barton has made it clear punters should look beyond current favourites Albertus Maximus and Asiatic Boy ahead of Saturday’s Group One.

Barton said: “There is no standout like Curlin or Dubai Millennium, but it is still a strong race.

“Our horse is a long shot but you can’t win it if you are not in it. I like our horse, he is doing well.

“I think that this horse stands a chance at being a long shot. I am looking forward to running him. I have been over here quite a few years with horses and I think he gives us the best chance to maybe get there on the night.

“We ran him in his last three races over a mile and a half in Saudi Arabia and he is not a mile and a half horse, a mile and a quarter suits him.

“He has done things well and I know the horse. He is fresh and ready to run.

“It is going to be tough but I am bringing a horse who is doing well. It’s an hour flight for us so we also haven’t had to come a long way over a big ocean.”

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