Gordon Elliott is hoping he might get his way and persuade Michael O'Leary to run Conflated in the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup rather than the Ryanair Chase.

O'Leary stated on Sunday he expected the surprise Irish Gold Cup winner would drop back in trip at the Cheltenham Festival, in preference to trying him over three and a quarter miles against stablemate Galvin in the blue riband.

However, Elliott feels Allaho could be a tough nut to crack in the Ryanair and favours giving his charge a chance in what appears an open Gold Cup year.

He said: "(I'd go for) the Gold Cup. Michael wants to go for the Ryanair, I want to go for the Gold Cup so we'll probably have an argument for five minutes and normally he gets his way, but I hope I get mine.

"There's only one Gold Cup. If you win the Ryanair, that's grand, but the Gold Cup is the Gold Cup. I just think the way the Ryanair will be run, with the likes of Allaho in there, if he does make a mistake or miss a fence, he might not get back into the race. The Gold Cup, they might not go as quick early.

"It is a bit of a worry about the stamina, but it is a Gold Cup and there's a worry about the stamina of a lot of horses."

Conflated is a general 12-1 shot for the Gold Cup, with the Ronnie Bartlett-owned Galvin 4-1 second-favourite behind A Plus Tard for the Festival highlight.

Galvin has won two of his three starts this term, landing a Punchestown Grade Three on his seasonal bow before chasing home Frodon in the Champion Chase at Down Royal in late October.

The eight-year-old took another leap forward when shading A Plus Tard by a short head in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, and Elliott reports him to be sharpening up nicely at home.

He said: "Galvin has done nothing wrong all year. I think there's maybe a question you could ask of every horse in the race.

"With Galvin you could maybe say he lacks a gear, but his work since Leopardstown has been very good. He's been working with a few quicker horses and working well - we're very happy with him.

"We know he stays, he's won round Cheltenham, he relaxes, he jumps. If he's within firing distance at the second-last, you know he will come home strong."

Tiger Roll in action over the cross-country course at Cheltenham

Dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll is set for his swansong in the Glenfarclas Chase - the cross-country race he has won three times previously.

The 12-year-old is a five-time winner at the Festival in all, having landed the 2014 Triumph Hurdle and the 2017 National Hunt Chase, and Elliott has his fingers crossed conditions will allow for a glorious farewell with O'Leary planning to retire his superstar afterwards.

The Cullentra trainer said: "He's been the horse of a lifetime. We had him at Cheltenham over the banks last week and he was good.

"I suppose the one negative would be if it's soft. Tiger Roll is not the same horse on soft. The better the ground, the better chance he has. I don't think there's an awful lot of rain in the next couple of weeks, so if the ground keeps drying out, we're happy.

"He's getting older so it's hard to say if he's as good as he was in his pomp, but if he turns up in the form he has the past couple of years, he will take all the beating."