Newmarket horse rider pleads guilty to assault on ex-jockey

A worker at a Suffolk stables where the Queen's horses are trained has admitted assaulting a former jockey during a row.

Jonathan Nolan, 32, a work rider for the Queen's trainer Sir Michael Stoute pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent at Ipswich Crown Court.

John Maxse, 45, suffered injuries that needed hospital treatment during the row in Newmarket in July, police said.

Nolan, of Skeaping Close in the town, will be sentenced on 5 September.

Mr Maxse now works as a communications consultant for Qatar Racing.

He is also the former public relations director at both the Jockey Club and the British Horseracing Authority.

A work rider's normal duties would include mucking out, exercising, grooming and feeding the horses.

The Queen's horse Carlton House was trained at Sir Michael's Freemason Lodge Stables in Newmarket, and Nolan used to ride and exercise it when it was trained there.

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