A JOCKEY has been rushed to hospital with a broken jaw after being punched in a nightclub toilet while celebrating the biggest win of his career.
The left side of poor Ashley Butler’s face was grotesquely swollen after being ambushed in a seemingly random attack.
Butler, 30, was the victim of a loose punch, according to his wife Heidi.
The jockey was celebrating after winning the £250,000 Archer race at Rockhampton Racecourse in Australia earlier on Saturday.
Butler, who has earned over £4m in his career, took the Emerald Kingdom 10-1 win.
He was out for a few drinks with some buddies when he went to the bathroom.
It was then that he was apparently turned on by another reveler and forced to spend a night in hospital before being booked in for surgery in Brisbane on Sunday.
Heidi said: “They’re going to take a helicopter and fly it to Brisbane.
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“He was hit by the King when he went to the toilet last night in one of the nightclubs here in Rockhampton.
“It broke his jaw in five places.
“He’s aware, responsive and all like that. He’s fine but the scanner came back and he broke it badly.”
Incredibly, Butler made it home with Heidi before the extent of the damage became clear.
She added: “I’ve been through a few boxes of tissues but we’re getting better.
“We have to think positive with all of this because it would have been 100 times worse.
“We had the best day at the races on Saturday and for that to happen I just don’t know what to say.”
Butler added that the attack meant he had gone “from the penthouse to the s***house”.
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