Thirty-two years after riding the first winner of his career at Goodwood in June 1987, Frankie Dettori moved a step closer to completing his best season at the sport’s highest level when Stradivarius took the Group One Goodwood Cup for the third year running here on Tuesday.

Dettori has ridden 10 Group One winners in 2019 – since 31 May, in fact – and his 2001 total of 16 Group and Grade One victories, set at the high-water mark of his Godolphin days, is now within sight.

After the high drama of Enable’s head-to-head with Crystal Ocean in Saturday’s King George, Stradivarius provided Dettori with a relatively straightforward success. The five-year-old rarely wins by more than a length, and had just a neck to spare over Dee Ex Bee here after Dettori, by his own admission, started his celebrations “a stride too soon”. As he also pointed out, though, “everyone was panicking but I’ve been here before, so I know exactly where the winning post is.”

Dettori has another ride on a Group One favourite in Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes and has already won as many top-tier events this year as he has in any season since 2007.

And he is racking up the big-race wins at the age of 48, seven years after his career appeared to be in irreversible decline when he was banned for six months for testing positive for cocaine.

“[Enable and Stradivarius] are the two most popular and precious horses that we’ve got in training in England,” Dettori said. “Stradivarius wastes very little energy and he’s very tough mentally. He’s never going to be flash and win by 10 but he gets the job done. All I have to do is put him in the place to win the race and he does the rest, he’s a perfect partner.

“It’s important for the public to have a horse who stays in training for so long and keeps on delivering, and with Stradivarius you know what to expect. You’re going to get a fight and that’s why people latched on to him and love him so much.

“Everyone keeps saying, what a great run you’re having, but it’s Clarehaven [Stables] that’s having a great run. I work for a great trainer in John Gosden, he puts it on a plate for me. I just have to do my job, he should have all the credit.”

Stradivarius may not get the chance to add any further Group Ones to Dettori’s tally this year as both the Lonsdale Stakes at York next month and the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day in October are Group Twos.

Victory in the Lonsdale, though, would secure a £1m bonus – the Stayers’ Million – for the second year running and the best news for the chestnut’s many fans is that Bjorn Nielsen, Stradivarius’s owner and breeder, is planning to keep him in training at six.

Pinatubo had a strong claim to be the best two-year-old to race in Europe this year as he went to post for the Group Two Vintage Stakes. His case is unanswerable after he showed instant and sustained acceleration to power five lengths clear of a useful field.

“You really can’t get excited watching him in the mornings but in the afternoons there’s no doubt about it, he excites you,” Charlie Appleby, Pinatubo’s trainer, said. “As James [Doyle, his rider] said, he just wheeled him out there and as soon as he did he came on the bridle and wanted to go forward.

“We’ve seen that acceleration on his last three starts now. Going forward, we’d spoken about it before [Tuesday’s race] and thought the [Group One] National Stakes [at The Curragh in September] would be a likely target.”

Pinatubo was as big as 12-1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas on Tuesday morning but is now top-priced at 7-2 in a market which, unusually for this stage of the season, does not include a colt from Aidan O’Brien’s stable at shorter than 14-1.