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Scientific study: Top racehorses are getting faster

A survey suggest the speeds achieved by racehorses is increasing. Credit: ITV News Anglia

For years we've seen athletes getting ever faster but now a study has shown that contrary to what experts had thought - the speeds achieved by racehorses have also been increasing.

Scientists looked at more than 600,000 race times to compare the speeds since the mid 1800s.

Scientists are not sure whether the quickening pace, largely driven by sprinters, is due to breeding, better training, jockey tactics, or a combination of factors.

More recent data from 1997-2012 confirms that the finish line is not in sight yet. Improvements in performance are still on-going, despite heavier handicap weights.

Click below to watch a report from the home of horse-racing, Newmarket, by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes


Horse bones could be famous thoroughbred from history

A skeleton of a horse has been uncovered in Newmarket that could be one of Britain's most successful thoroughbreds. The bones were discovered during excavations of the former royal stables in the town.

Historians hope they're those of Dr Syntax, the most famous racehorse of the 19th century. Archaeologists are assessing the remains to try and find out more.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Four foals from legendary racehorse Frankel to be auctioned in Newmarket

Four foals from Frankel will be auctioned today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Four foals from the world's best racehorse will be auctioned at Newmarket today.

They were sired by Frankel, the thoroughbred who won all 14 of his races throughout his career.

Frankel, ridden by Tom Queally, wins the Juddmonte International Stakes in 2012. Credit: PA

Due to their pedigree the horses could sell for up to a £1million at Tattersalls later today.

"He was the greatest racehorse we've ever or will ever see, so the arrival of his first babies on the scene is incredibly exciting."

– Harry McCalmont, Norelands Stud Farm


Building homes 'would threaten Newmarket racecourse'

A demonstration has been held in protest at plans to build nearly 400 homes on land near Newmarket racecourse.

Developers say the project will meet housing demand and have little adverse impact on the surrounding area.

However, The Newmarket Horsemen's Group, which led today's protest, says the development at Hatchfield Farm would threaten the future of the racing industry, which employs more than 8,000 people in the area.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Housing plans in Newmarket will threaten racing industry warns campaigners

Newmarket, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners from the horse racing industry in Newmarket will hold a demonstration today over plans to build around 400 homes on farmland near the town.

The Newmarket Horseman's Group says the development at Hatchfield Farm would threaten the future of the racing Industry which employs 8,000 people in the area.

But the developer argues the scheme will help meet the demand for housing. Councillors will make a decision on the plans next week.

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