Markmanship is amongst a cluster of horses trained by Aidan O'Brien who are likely to take their place in the 2011 Epsom Derby in June. This three year old out of Galileo is lightly raced, making his debut as a three year old earlier this year.
Markmanship was the 100/30 winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh at the beginning of April, his only appearance on a racecourse. O'Brien's three year old took the scalp of favourite Notable Graduate, winning the race by two and a half lengths and being clipped in for the Derby as a result by the bookmakers.
The colt is expected to prefer the quicker ground he is likely to get at Epsom and could be a lively outsider if he runs.
VERDICT: A winner on debut who will like the quick ground at Epsom.