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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

Horse's skeleton discovered during building work could be famous thoroughbred

Some of the horse bones discovered during Newmarket excavations Credit: ITV News Anglia

A skeleton of a horse has been uncovered in Newmarket, could be one o Britain's most successful thoroughbreds.

The bones were discovered during excavations of the former royal stables in the Suffolk town.

Historians hope they are those of Dr Syntax, the most famous racehorse of the 19th Century.

Now archaeologists are assessing the remains to find out more.

Excavation work is being carried out at the former royal stables in Newmarket Credit: ITV News Anglia
Briony Jackson, Science Officer at the British Horseracing Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The horse is about the same height as Dr Syntax. However, the skeleton is between 20 and 25-years old, where Dr Syntax was 27 at the time of his death."

– Briony Jackson, Science Officer, The National Horseracing Museum
The horse bones on display Credit: ITV News Anglia

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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

Chief Inspector of Schools to visit Newmarket British Racing School

Sir Michael Wilshaw.

The Chief Inspector of Schools is visiting the British Racing School in Newmarket today.

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw will tour the facility to see how it is training young people for careers in the racing industry.

He will meet staff and students as part of a wider initiative by Ofsted to maintain and improve education standards, which is currently being consulted on.

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Wartime codebreaker honoured with enigmatic monument

The perfect way to remember a Second World War codebreaker is with a memorial that has its own hidden secret.

A monument to Bill Tutte has just been unveiled in Newmarket, the Suffolk town in which he grew up.

Like Alan Turing, Bill Tutte helped crack Nazi codes while working at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes.

ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson went to see the enigmatic monument

Memorial for Suffolk WWII codebreaker

The memorial will be unveiled today Credit: ITV Anglia

A memorial to the Second World War codebreaker Bill Tutte will be unveiled in Newmarket this morning.

The former Cambridge University student, who was born in Suffolk, is credited with shortening the war by two years through his code-breaking work. The project cost £150,000.

It has six 7ft tall brushed stainless steel panels pierced to represent the punched paper tape used in the transmission of the code.

Plans for homes near Newmarket racecourse called in by Communities Secretary

Plans for homes at Hatchfield Farm have been called in by the Communities Secretary. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Plans to build nearly 400 homes close to Newmarket Racecourse have been called in by the secretary of state.

Lord Derby has spent years trying to get planning permission for a development on his Hatchfield Farm and finally got the latest plans approved by the district council last month despite major opposition.

But now Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has decided the final decision should rest with him.

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