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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

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'Kylie' to perform sell out show in Newmarket tonight

All 22,000 tickets for tonight's concert sold out in under 30 minutes Credit: PA

Kylie Minogue is kicking off the start of 'Newmarket Nights' tonight.

Her show sold out in under 30 minutes when tickets went on sale back in February with 22,000 people snapping up tickets to see the Australian singer.

She is the first to perform in a series of concerts planned at the town's racecourse over the summer.

Police release e-fit following aggravated burglary

Police have issued an e-fit likeness of a man they would like to speak to following an aggravated burglary in Newmarket.

E-fit issued by police Credit: Suffolk Police

A house on Lowther Street was broken into at around 12.20am on Tuesday 19 May. The person inside the house was woken up and threatened with a crowbar. A small amount of cash was stolen.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his thirties to forties, between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, of slim build, and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark blue coloured ‘bomber-style’ jacket, a black beanie hat and orange gloves and spoke with an Eastern European accent.

Anyone who recognises this man, or who has any information about this incident, is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 quoting reference NE/15/872, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Leading trainer warns that plans to build 400 new homes could threaten the future of Newmarket racing

Newmarket in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Newmarket's place as the home of racing could be under threat if plans to build 400 homes at Hatchfield Farm in the town go ahead - that according to a leading trainer.

John Gosden says that the town is at a delicate balance, and any more building work would threaten the future of racing in the town.

An inquiry into the application is ongoing.

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Newmarket's horse racing industry welcomes plans to change betting laws

The horse racing industry in Newmarket has welcomed new proposals to change betting laws announced in George Osborne's budget.

Currently if bets are placed online, bookmakers who operate abroad don't have to pay anything to the racing industry.

But new laws proposed by the Chancellor could change that, meaning more money will go into the racing infrastructure. And that could mean more jobs here in our region.

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

Newmarket: Solar farms branded a "waste of money"

The Red Lodge site in Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The firm behind an £8 million solar farm near Newmarket says large sites in the countryside, like theirs, are an inefficient way of creating electricity.

The company says around two thirds of the energy created by the site at Red Lodge is lost when it's transported.

Tim Dobson, from Switch 2 Renewable, says that means it's not producing enough electricity to be useful to the National Grid.

"The networks can't rely really on renewable energy that goes up and down.

It's all about having reliable energy because the grid is so old and, particularly between 4 o'clock and 7 o'clock where they really need capacity, they need to be able to rely on that so they rely on other sources.

So solar probably doesn't really help that at the moment."

– Tim Dobson, Switch 2 Renewable
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