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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Enable's half-brother set for debut at Leopardstown on Thursday

Opening maiden also boasts some smart pedigrees

Enable: her Dansili half-brother Centroid will make his debut on Thursday
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Leopardstown is set to play host to a blue-blooded debutante on Thursday as Centroid, a half-brother to the imperious Enable, will grace a racecourse for the first time in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over 1m2f (6.30).

The Juddmonte homebred was unraced at two and is by the recently-retired Dansili, the sire of Prix Rothschild heroine With You amid a host of top-level performers. His dam, Concentric, has produced five foals of racing age to date including the champion filly Enable, whose return to the racetrack following a setback is eagerly anticipated. 

Also among those five is Centroid's full-sister, Entitle, who made her debut as a two-year-old for John Gosden at Newmarket in June, where she finished sixth of eight beaten 12 lengths by the useful Pheonix Thoroughbred-owned Neverland Rock. 

Concentric boasts a pedigree steeped in Juddmonte bloodlines, being a sister to Group 2 winner Dance Routine, the dam of globe-trotting Group 1 sensation Flintshire, who now stands at Hill 'N' Dale Farm for a fee of $20,000 and had his first foals on the ground earlier this year. 

The Dermot Weld-trained Centroid is likely to face stiff competition on debut from the likes of Joseph O'Brien's National Wealth, Sun Kingdom's 150,000 guineas son of Invincible Spirit who has hit the frame on all four of his starts to date. Godolphin's Theotonius, by Teofilo, also has an edge on experience having finished a decent fifth in a Curragh maiden on Irish Oaks day. 

Elsewhere on the card, Eddie Lynam ought to know a great deal about his juvenile newcomer Chagall, having trained both his sire, Slade Power, and dam, Dangle, to their respective victories, including Slade Power's emphatic Diamond Jubilee success at Royal Ascot. 

Chagall is set to do battle with a pair of Ballydoyle debutantes by War Front in the opening maiden (5.20), including Ferretti, the first foal out of the winning Galileo mare Shell House, herself a €260,000 yearling who subsequently returned to War Front in 2017 before visiting Triple Crown hero American Pharoah this year. 

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Concentric boasts a pedigree steeped in Juddmonte bloodlines
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