Victory for Kyprios; He Beats Stradivarius in Dramatic Finish
The Goodwood Cup is renowned for delivering dramatic on-track action, so it was no surprise that this year’s victory was memorable. With the win in contention until the last minute, it was Kyprios who took the crown, edging out his nearest rival Stradivarius.
The two fought valiantly right to the closing stages, with Gold Cup winner Kyprios putting in a faultless performance throughout. Despite a final charge from Stradivarius, he nonetheless proved untouchable, cruising his way to the finish line.
We relive the action and provide a breakdown of the best bits.
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For those who’d taken advantage to bet on Kyprios, the day proved a profitable one – despite the stiff competition he faced. Easing into the lead during the final stages, he held off first Trueshan and then Stradivarius, denying the latter a fifth victory in the race.
Stradivarius wasn’t the only contender with a previous win to his name: Trueshan previously claimed the crown in 2021.
Certainly, Kyprios put in an incredible performance against stiff competition, but it apparently came as no surprise to the horse’s connections. According to his jockey, Ryan Moore: “[Trainer] Aidan [O’Brien] always had a lot of belief in this horse. At the start of this year, he was saying what he thought he could do.”
He added: “He’s a pleasure to ride, a lot of class. He’s a proper horse. I think there’s more to come.”
A strong second for Stradivarius
Despite finishing behind the victor, this isn't the last we’re likely to see of Stradivarius. While beaten this time around, the eight-year-old’s jockey, Frankie Dettori, said he’d “run his heart out” and enjoyed a smooth race.
Although some claimed anything but a win would have marked the final outing for the gelding, his owner Bjorn Nielsen dismissed this claim. He confirmed the horse’s connections have no plans to retire him, with the four-time winner remaining as enthusiastic as ever and continuing to train well.
While he didn’t go into too much detail, he did state that Stradivarius’ connections are “happy to go on for at least one more.”
When it comes to on-track action, Goodwood is guaranteed to deliver. Showcasing thrilling contests and some of the finest horse racing anywhere in the world, it provides us with so many wonderful reasons to tune in. We know we’ll now remain glued to it from start to finish, just as we have every other year that it’s run.