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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.


Newmarket: Final preparations underway for the the start of the flat racing season

The flat racing season starts next week and final preparations are underway on the gallops in Newmarket.

The industry generates more than £200 million every year for the local economy.

But why is Newmarket the centre of racing and how is 2014 shaping up?

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

Home of horse racing generates 8,000 jobs and £200 million for the local economy

Newmarket has been long been known as the home of British horse racing but until now no-one has ever really put an accurate price on how much the industry brings to the area.

A new report commissioned to discover the economic impact of the town says more than 8,000 people are employed in the racing business in Newmarket and it brings £200 million to the town and surrounding area of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The horse racing world has been centred on Newmarket for 400 years and at the peak of the season up to 3,000 horses are training in the area.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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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