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 2019/202068261343€263,238€66,935€330,173
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
Limerick 13/07/19 Kerry Star MdnHdl 2m fell 11-7 Free Racecourse WiFi (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Cork 12/07/19 Savina MdnHdl 3m 5 11-5 Finbarr Quaid Electrical M'dn H'dle €405
Cork 12/07/19 Golazo MdnHdl 2m 2 11-12 M'dn H'dle €2,700
Cork 12/07/19 Miss Chevious Girl HcpHdl 2m 12 11-2 101 Tote Backing Your Team H'cap H'dle
Cork 12/07/19 Institution MdnHdl 2m 4 11-7 Clubs Fundraiser Night M'dn H'dle €675
Cork 12/07/19 Doctor Duffy Hdl 2m 4f 2 11-10 Gina & The Champions After Racing H'dle €4,000
Roscommon 09/07/19 Little Haarth HcpCh 2m 78yds 3 10-13 105 Abbey Hotel, Roscommon H'cap S'chase €1,250
Roscommon 09/07/19 Eoline Jolie (FR) BegCh 2m 5f 45yds 1 11-6 Roscommon Racecourse Mares Beg. S'chase €7,200
Roscommon 09/07/19 Watching Brief HcpHdl 3m 1f 30yds 5 11-8 90 Leo Dolan Memorial H'cap H'dle €315
Roscommon 09/07/19 Bective Cave HcpHdl 2m 70yds 1 10-12 81 Larry O'Farrelly Memorial H'cap H'dle €6,300
Bellewstown 06/07/19 Miss Chevious Girl MdnHdl 2m 4f 7 10-13 101 Western Motors Volkswagen (M) M'dn H'dle
Bellewstown 06/07/19 Ejayteekay (GB) HcpHdl 2m 160yds 2 11-1 129 Fast Shipping Bellewstown H'cap H'dle €10,000
Wexford 05/07/19 Tagg's Island HcpHdl 2m 150yds 5 11-11 94 Kehoe Brothers Machinery H'cap H'dle €315
Wexford 05/07/19 Poker D'ainay (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-12 110 Audi Wexford M'dn H'dle €6,900
Wexford 05/07/19 Thats Mypresenting HcpCh 2m 4f 6 11-11 108 Crown Bar H'cap S'chase €250
Wexford 05/07/19 Smitty Bacall BegCh 3m 1f 20yds 2 11-12 Neville Hotels Beginners S'chase €2,500
Tipperary 04/07/19 Thomas Hobson (GB) Hdl 2m 1 11-0 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €45,000
Tipperary 04/07/19 Watching Brief HcpHdl 3m 3 11-7 90 Follow H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €1,000
Tipperary 04/07/19 Rasiym (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-0 Dundrum House Hotel M'dn H'dle €6,900
Down Royal 21/06/19 Humm Baby HcpHdl 3m 6 11-4 122 Apple Recruitment H'cap H'dle

*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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