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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.

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Newmarket racecourse ban Luis Suárez after match-winning display

Uruguay striker Luis Suárez put England to the sword in São Paulo last night, and a local racecourse has taken the tongue in cheek stance of banning him from one of their upcoming events.

The Newmarket racecourse have made it perfectly clear that Suárez won't be welcome should he fancy watching a bit of horse racing in Suffolk on his return from the World Cup in Brazil.

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In light of Luis Suárez putting #England on the brink of an early exit we've decided he can't come to our July Course http://t.co/bau3OHztwJ

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"His daddy was a superstar" - Frankel's foal gets ready for auction

Frankel's foal goes up for auction in just over an hour.

Together with his mother, Crystal Gaze, who is expecting a second foal by the undefeated Newmarket racehorse, he could fetch more than £1m at the auction at Kensington Palace.

Henry Beeby, chief executive at auctioneers Goffs, said: "Frankel was the greatest racehorse we had ever seen. He was undefeated. He was spectacular. And he was an absolute star.

"It's a bit like Usain Bolt turning up at stud."

Click below to hear more from Henry Beeby.

Son of Frankel up for auction

Crystal Gaze (right), in foal to Frankel, is led around the pre-parade ring with her unnamed colt foal by Frankel. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

The son of Newmarket racehorse Frankel is expected to sell for millions today when it is auctioned in London.

The colt will be the first offspring of the champion to come under the hammer and will be sold along with his dam, Crystal Gaze, who is also expecting a second foal by Frankel next year.

The son of Newmarket racehorse Frankel is expected to sell for millions today when it is auctioned in London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Crystal Gaze has already produced the classy sprinter Spirit Quartz as well as Saturday's Epsom Dash winner Caspian Prince and the pair are expected to sell for a seven-figure sum.

The colt's owner and manager, David Redvers, said: "He is a very handsome colt with huge presence and great action. He has what I would call a typical Frankel temperament in that he knows he is special and really owns the show.

"At this stage he looks like a speedy type, which is no surprise given his mother has bred some excellent sprint winners."

In 2012, Frankel retired to stud in Newmarket after being unbeaten in 14 races.

Last December, a five-year-old mare who was in foal to the famous racehorse sold for four million guineas.

Philip Mitchell, general manager at Juddmonte where Frankel stands, said: "The first foal by Frankel, the world's greatest racehorse, to be sold at public auction together with his dam who is back in foal to Frankel, is a unique opportunity and is most definitely the complete Frankel package."

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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.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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.

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