Bashkirov had a couple of poor runs at the fixture last year and appears outclassed but Shadow Eile should attract some support as she arrived here on Monday in superb form having won a Grade 2 hurdle in April and a success over this trip on the Flat at Bellewstown. She ran reasonably well behind Midnight Music and is no forlorn hope. DISTANT MEMORIES, a Listed winner on the Flat for Tom Tate, scored over timber on his debut for Tom Taaffe but has stuggled since. His overall form on the level, however, suggests he'll be too good off level terms for Notable Graduate, who is rated 12lb below him though Dermot Weld will have the latter firing on all cylinders and it may be closer than the ratings suggest.
Bashkirov 16-1 (7-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, clear of remainder before halfway, disputed 4f out, headed under 2f out and soon no extra, weakened, 7th of 8, 11l behind Akinspirit (8-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in May.
Distant Memories (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leader, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 9l behind Hunter's Light (8-8) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Sep.
Notable Graduate (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Strandfield Lady (8-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Jun.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) In rear, progress from 4f out, checked slightly on inner before straight, kept on without threatening, 8th of 19, 15l behind Midnight Music (11-1) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 gd in Jul.