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Flat takes centre stage as stars of the summer start to emerge

The best images in racing from 2016

Star attraction: Ryan Moore gives Minding an admiring glance after the filly’s demolition job in the 1,000 Guineas
Star attraction: Ryan Moore gives Minding an admiring glance after the filly’s demolition job in the 1,000 Guineas
Jostling for position: spectators line Chester’s city walls during the 1m2½f handicap won by Dark Red
Jostling for position: spectators line Chester’s city walls during the 1m2½f handicap won by Dark Red
Up close and personal: enthusiastic onlookers, standing yards away from the action at Chester, watch on as Ian Fleming (left) denies Above N Beyond in the 7½f handicap
Up close and personal: enthusiastic onlookers, standing yards away from the action at Chester, watch on as Ian Fleming (left) denies Above N Beyond in the 7½f handicap
Award-winning photographer Edward Whitaker captured this sensational image across the city during the 5f conditions stakes won by Sir Maximilian on the opening day of Chester’s May meeting
Award-winning photographer Edward Whitaker captured this sensational image across the city during the 5f conditions stakes won by Sir Maximilian on the opening day of Chester’s May meeting
First of many: Cunco, the first of Frankel’s colts to get to a racecourse, rears up in the saddling box before making a winning debut at Newbury
First of many: Cunco, the first of Frankel’s colts to get to a racecourse, rears up in the saddling box before making a winning debut at Newbury
They’re off: the action gets under way on day two of the Dante meeting at York
They’re off: the action gets under way on day two of the Dante meeting at York
Some sight: a great view of York, with the runners heading out into the back straight in the concluding 2m handicap
Some sight: a great view of York, with the runners heading out into the back straight in the concluding 2m handicap
Crowded house: racegoers take in the 7f handicap at York in which Frankie Dettori made it three winners for the day when scoring aboard 9-2 favourite Castle Harbour
Crowded house: racegoers take in the 7f handicap at York in which Frankie Dettori made it three winners for the day when scoring aboard 9-2 favourite Castle Harbour
Great mates: Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore (left), who finished 1-2 in the mile fillies’ handicap at Goodwood, sport the colours of Cheveley Park Stud
Great mates: Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore (left), who finished 1-2 in the mile fillies’ handicap at Goodwood, sport the colours of Cheveley Park Stud
The straight mile: runners thunder up the long stretch at Newcastle
The straight mile: runners thunder up the long stretch at Newcastle

In the fifth of 12 daily instalments, the Flat season takes over from the jumps as we recall the highlights of April. Click on the images to enlarge and scroll through the gallery

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