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Qatari royal family employee 'beaten-up over woman'

Well-known former jockey John Maxse allegedly attacked for having an affair

Qatari royal family employee 'beaten-up over woman'
John Maxse (L) - Jonathan Nolan (R)

A former jockey working for the Qatari royal family was allegedly beaten up by one of Queen Elizabeth’s riders in an argument over a woman.

John Maxse required hospital treatment for a suspected broken eye socket, broken collarbone and broken nose following the alleged attack in London’s Newmarket on Sunday, the Daily Mail reported.

Jonathan Nolan, 32, who is a rider for the Queen’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute, has reportedly been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

Maxse is a prominent figure in horseracing and was formerly the public face of the British Horseracing Authority and Jockey Club.

He now works as a communications consultant for Qatar Racing, the horse investment firm owned by the Qatari royal family, according to the newspaper.

When asked whether the alleged assault was due to him having an affair with Nolan’s girlfriend, Maxse told the Daily Mail the woman involved was Nolan’s ex-girlfriend.

He joked on Twitter than he looked like the film character Rocky Balboa and wrote: “You know those times when you live through something potentially life changing but it’s just a bit too “big & heavy” for Twitter?”