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Newmarket horse Red Cadeaux retired after suffering leg injury

Red Cadeaux fails to finish the race in Melbourne. Credit: PA

The world's most travelled racehorse, trained in Newmarket, has been retired after his failed bid to win Australia's richest race at the fifth attempt.

Red Cadeaux suffered a serious leg injury and failed to finish the Melbourne Cup overnight.

His trainer, Ed Dunlop, said his injury wasn't life threatening but added that he would not race again.

Trainer Ed Dunlop confirmed the horse will never race again. Credit: PA

Red Cadeaux's stablemate 'Trip to Paris' finished fourth on his Melbourne Cup debut, while Michelle Payne on board 'Prince of Penzance', became the first female jockey to win the race.


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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

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