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Happy to be alive says man overboard in Pacific for 90 minutes

A yachstman from Suffolk says he's just "happy to be alive", after he fell overboard in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Andrew Taylor from Newmarket was taking part in a round the world yacht race when he was washed overboard in high seas.

He was in the water for around 90 minutes before his crew members were able to locate him and pull him back onto their boat.

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Sheik Mohammed cleared of doping involvement

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (centre) Credit: PA Images

Sheikh Mohammed has been exonerated from any direct involvement in the Godolphin doping scandal.

The leading owner of the Newmarket racing stable called for a review into damaging reports last year concerning his equestrian operations.

The British Horseracing Authority disqualified his trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni for eight years for injecting horses with anabolic steroids.

James Arthur to perform at Newmarket Racecourse

James Arthur Credit: PA Images

James Arthur, the winner of The X Factor in 2012, is to perform at Newmarket Racecourses on Saturday 31 May, it was announced today (Wednesday 12 February).

James Arthur won the ninth series of The X Factor two years ago and his debut single ‘Impossible’ went straight to number one in the UK charts.

'Impossible' was the fastest-selling single of any winner of The X Factor. It has now sold 2.5 million copies.

Lowry collection belonging to Newmarket businessman set to fetch big fee

Lowry's 'Piccadilly Circus'.
Lowry's 'Piccadilly Circus'.

A collection of L.S. Lowry paintings which belonged to a Newmarket businessman has been tipped to fetch around £15 million at auction next month.

The collection was owned by the late Tony Thompson, who ran a paper recycling business, and accumulated the artworks over the course of three decades.

They'll go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London.

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.

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Newmarket boosts regional economy

Horses being exercised at Newmarket
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
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.

Godolphin announce return to action for banned horses

Mahmood Al Zarooni Credit: ITV News Anglia

Newmarket racing stable Godolphin have announced that some of the horses, including St Leger winner Encke, banned from racing due to the Mahmood Al Zarooni scandal will soon return to action.

Encke has not been seen since he foiled Camelot's bid to land the Triple Crown at Doncaster in 2012 but will go back into training with Charlie Appleby in Newmarket, with the intention of running in Europe later this year.

Steeler, who joined Godolphin from Mark Johnston after finishing third in the Racing Post Trophy in 2012, is in line to run on Thursday at Meydan, while Certify, unbeaten as a juvenile in 2012 with wins in the May Hill and the Fillies' Mile, will reappear later in the Carnival.

Twenty-two former Al Zarooni-trained horses were suspended from racing between April and October last year after testing positive for banned anabolic steroids.

Al Zarooni was banned for eight years.

More details on the Godolphin website

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler banned for five years

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler.
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.

Gerard Butler ruling adjourned until next week

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler.
Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler. Credit: PA

A ruling on Newmarket horse trainer Gerard Butler's use of steroids on horses in his care has been adjourned until next week.

The trainer admits using steroids on nine horses tested back in February, but claims it was done under advice from vets.

The British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing has now concluded, with the result expected next week.

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