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Newmarket boosts regional economy

Horses being exercised at Newmarket Credit: ITV Anglia

The economic impact that the horse racing has on the region will be revealed in a new report due to be published this morning.

Newmarket is known as the home of British racing with thundreds of horses being trained at stables around the town.

Newmarket is known as the home of horse racing Credit: ITV Anglai

The report has been commissioned by Forest Heath District Council and a trade organisation representing trainers, owners, jockeys and stable staff.

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler banned for five years

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler. Credit: PA

Newmarket racehorse trainer Gerard Butler has been banned from the sport until 2018 after admitting giving some of his horses an anabolic steroid.

Butler told a disciplinary hearing that he had treated some of his horses with a substance that contained the steroid under the advice of his vet.

But he later admitted seven charges and has been disqualified by the British Horse Racing Authority.

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McCoy claims historic 4,000th career victory

Tony McCoy has made history at Northamptonshire's Towcester racecourse. Credit: PA

Champion jockey Tony McCoy has claimed the 4,000th winner of his career with victory in the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle at Northamptonshire's Towcester racecourse.

The 39-year-old rode the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Mountain Tunes to victory in the 15:10.

Tony McCoy heads towards the finishing post to claim the 4,000th winner of his career. Credit: ITV Anglia

McCoy failed to reach the milestone earlier in the day when the 3/1 favourite Church Field fell just short in the Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle.

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Tributes to racing legend Sir Henry Cecil

The racing world is mourning the loss of one of its-all time greats, the trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who's died of cancer at the age of 70.

His career at Newmarket spanned more than 40 years; his list of achievements is remarkable. He trained 25 classic winners and coached the legendary Frankel to 14 straight wins.

But to those who knew him he was far more than a list of achievements, he's been described as one of the most loved people in the sport.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sport Correspondent Donovan Blake in Newmarket:

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Newmarket horse-racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died

Newmarket horseracing trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died Credit: PA

The Newmarket trainer Sir Henry Cecil has died at the age of 70.

Sir Henry Cecil was a 10-time champion racehorse trainer.

He was one of British racing’s most famous personalities as well as one of the industry's most respected trainers.

He won 25 British Classics, including the Derby on four occasions and had no fewer than 73 Royal Ascot victories to his name.

Newmarket trainer withdraws appeal against ban

Mahmood Al Zarooni Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Newmarket trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has withdrawn his appeal against an eight-year disqualification from training, said the British Horseracing Authority.

Al Zarooni, 37, was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care at a BHA hearing on April 25.

The former Godolphin handler was officially charged with rule breaches related to prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records, and conduct prejudicial to racing.

Al Zarooni stated on May 7 he will contest the severity of the suspension, but the BHA said it received notice from his solicitors that he will no longer be appealing.

Trainer will appeal against suspension

Mahmood Al Zarooni: Will appeal against ban Credit: PA

The trainer at the centre of one of racing's biggest scandals has lodged an appeal against the severity of his eight-year suspension.

The British Horseracing Authority confirmed the appeal had been lodged by Mahmood Al Zarooni today.

Al Zarooni, 37, was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care at a BHA hearing two weeks ago.

The former Godolphin handler was officially charged with rule breaches related to prohibited substances, duty to keep medication records, and conduct prejudicial to racing.

The BHA said the date for the appeal hearing will be confirmed in due course.

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