KYPRIOS absolutely surged home at the death to deny Stradivarius a fairytale Goodwood farewell in an absolute thriller.
The 6-4 Aidan O'Brien superstar under Ryan Moore just found more in the final strides to see off Andrea Atzeni on the legendary eight-year-old.
Atzeni replaced Frankie Dettori in the saddle after the jockey was axed by Bjorn Nielsen, the horse's owner.
Trueshan, whose place in the race was decided at the 11th hour, finished third with highly fancied Coltrane in fourth.
Stradivarius' trainer John Gosden said 'The Strad' will remain in training – for now.
He said: "He was just slightly idling in front but a superb run, he wasn't too stressed.
"He hit the front sooner than we want but he's gone, he's up and he's got no one to race with, but that's life. He loves horses to run with.
"As long as he is enjoying his training and racing which he is, that's fine. I'm the one who will immediately let Nielsen know.
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"He is an eight year old, he's not a gelding, he enjoys life, he came up here and shouted
"As long as he is enjoying it there's no reason to stop, but he'll tell us.
"He's still battling away, taking on the youth brigade."
Winning jockey Moore said: "He's a horse I always feel there's plenty left.
"He's won a Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup at four, it's only his eighth start, he's still learning.
"He stays very well but he's got a lot of pace, he's beaten two very good stayers today – even the fourth horse is going somewhere!
"As Goodwood Cup goes it's as strong a one as you will see.
"We don't know how good he can be but he's done everything right. There's more good days ahead with him."
Atzeni, who shook hands with Dettori in the paddock before the race, said of Stradivarius: "He ran his heart out again.
"The race went quite smoothly, they went a nice pace, and then Trueshan appears at the four furlong marker, but it was a long way out from home and I didn't want to get racing early.
"We made our challenge away from the winner but he ran all the way to the line like a champion."
Goodwood Cup result
1st Kyprios 6-4
2nd Stradivarius 9-2
3rd Trueshan 2-1
4th Coltrane 8-1
5th Away He Goes 50-1
6th Thunderous 80-1
7th Princess Zoe 25-1
8th Enemy 66-1
9th Nate The Great 150-1
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