Paul Townend

Date of Birth: September 15, 1990

County of origin: Cork

First winner: The Chip Chopman (Seamus O'Donnell) Limerick, June 22, 2007

Champion jockey: 2010/2011 and 2018/2019

Assoc. Trainers: Willie Mullins

Significant horses (selected): Al Boum Photo, Douvan, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Penhill, Laurina, Duc Des Genievres, Glens Melody, Nichols Canyon, Yorkhill, Killultagh Vic, Champagne Fever, Thousand Stars, Boston Bob, Djakadam, Vautour, Arvika Ligeonniere, Blood Cotil, Mikael D'Haguenet, Blackstairmountain, What A Charm, Golden Silver, Unaccompanied, Wicklow Brave, Final Approach, Blazing Tempo, On His Own, Indian Pace, Arctic Fire, Cadmium. 

Follow him on Twitter: @PTownend

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From Midleton, County Cork, Paul Townend began his career as an apprentice on the Flat with Willie Mullins and has been associated with the County Carlow trainer ever since. He was crowned champion jump jockey in the 2010/11 and again in 2018/19.

Paul rode four winners at the same meeting for the fourth time in his career when taking the last four races at Cork on December 11th, 2016. Included in his haul that day was a success in the Grade 2 Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase on the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan. He repeated the feat and was only a neck away from a fifth winner at the same meeting in 2018. 

As of the 2019 Festival, Paul has ten Cheltenham winners to his name. He rode a double on the final day of the 2017 Festival, winning the County Hurdle on Arctic Fire and the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle on Penhill. Both were trained by Willie Mullins who again supplied Townend with two winners on the third day of the 2018 Festival, Stayers' Hurdle hero Penhill and the Mares' Novices' Hurdle winner, Laurina. 

He landed his biggest success when winning the Bulmers Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2019 on the Willie Mullins-trained Al Boum Photo. It was his second winner of the week as he had earlier won the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase on Duc Des Genievres, another trained by Mullins. 

Paul rode 100 winners in a season for the first time when successful on the Willie Mullins-trained Annamix in a maiden hurdle at Clonmel on March 26, 2019. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/201321000€5,600€0€5,600
National Hunt 2019/2020157401€57,813€11,100€68,913
National Hunt 2018/2019476109816253€1,673,519€794,935€2,468,454
National Hunt 2017/201842484715730€1,572,125€718,013€2,290,138
National Hunt 2016/201737753494041€643,463€513,563€1,157,025
National Hunt 2015/201624537351829€551,163€328,718€879,880
National Hunt 2014/201533071433328€1,055,470€354,348€1,409,818
National Hunt 2013/201438155372539€717,930€266,630€984,560
National Hunt 2012/201341171584437€925,005€512,660€1,437,665
National Hunt 2011/201230846453727€775,505€317,600€1,093,105
National Hunt 2010/201150980645942€1,259,740€414,104€1,673,844
National Hunt 2009/201040356653939€1,207,145€337,995€1,545,140
National Hunt 2008/200922736302528€769,880€180,785€950,665
Flat 201820000€0€0€0
Flat 201720001€0€600€600
Flat 201610000€0€0€0
Flat 201520020€0€35,760€35,760
Flat 201440010€0€720€720
Flat 201320010€0€6,000€6,000
Flat 201281100€5,250€1,360€6,610
Flat 2011112100€12,600€1,190€13,790
Flat 2010361263€4,900€17,030€21,930
Flat 20091461391416€82,250€39,242€121,492
Flat 200823020262218€259,900€119,185€379,085
Flat 200715310181216€86,110€60,525€146,635

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Tipperary 23/05/19 Humm Baby HcpHdl 2m 4f 1 11-1 114 Go Racing Student Society H'cap H'dle
Tipperary 23/05/19 Mister Capitano (GER) MdnHdl 2m 14 11-2 Restaurant At Tipperary Races M'dn H'dle
Tipperary 23/05/19 Poker D'ainay (FR) MdnHdl 3m 2 11-4 Tipperary M'dn H'dle
Tipperary 23/05/19 I'm Serious HcpHdl 2m 2 11-12 95 Follow Us On Facebook H'cap H'dle
Wexford 22/05/19 Great White Shark (FR) Hdl 3m 1 10-12 123 Mount Leinster H'dle €7,813
Wexford 22/05/19 Pont Aven BegCh 3m 1f 100yds 1 11-12 Vinegar Hill Beginners S'chase €7,500
Wexford 22/05/19 Big Tree MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 11-12 Welcome To Wexford Racecourse M'dn H'dle €2,200
Punchestown 15/05/19 Authorized Art (FR) MdnHdl 2m 100yds 1 11-4 Kildare Hunt Club M'dn H'dle €8,125
Tramore 14/05/19 Princess Vega MdnHdl 2m 1 11-0 BetVictor Bet 5 Get 30 M'dn H'dle €7,188
Killarney 13/05/19 Magnium Hdl 2m 4f 4 11-6 133 Betvictor Sliabh Luachra H'dle €900
Killarney 13/05/19 Jett Ch 2m 4f 180yds 2 11-10 153 Seamus Weldon John Deere An Riocht S'ch (Grade 3) Grade 3 €8,000
Killarney 12/05/19 Elimay (FR) Hdl 2m 1f 1 11-7 140 BetVictor (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €18,750
Killarney 12/05/19 Ballybrowney Walk (FR) HcpCh 2m 4f 180yds p.u. 11-7 97 Killarney Publications H'cap S'chase
Cork 11/05/19 Foveros (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1 11-7 Summer BBQ Evenings M'dn H'dle €8,438
Cork 11/05/19 Call Of The Loon HcpHdl 3m p.u. 10-12 95 Buy Online @ Hcap Hdle
Punchestown 04/05/19 French Made (FR) Hdl 2m 3 10-7 136 AES Champion 4YO H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €10,000
Punchestown 04/05/19 Bellow Mome (FR) HcpCh 3m 120yds 5 11-1 136 Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Hcap Schase (Grade B) Grade B €1,800
Punchestown 04/05/19 Redhotfillypeppers HcpCh 3m 7f p.u. 10-9 130 BoyleSports H'cap S'chase
Punchestown 04/05/19 Benie Des Dieux (FR) Hdl 2m 4f 1 11-7 152 EBF Annie Power (Mares)Champion H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €60,000
Punchestown 04/05/19 Eight And Bob (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f p.u. 10-2 128 Ballymore H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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