Date of Birth: September 15, 1990
County of origin: Cork
First winner: The Chip Chopman (Seamus O'Donnell) Limerick,
June 22, 2007
Assoc. Trainers: Willie Mullins
Significant horses (selected): Douvan, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Penhill, Laurina, 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.
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 season and few would bet against him winning the title again. He continues to enjoy considerable success. 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.
Paul has eight Cheltenham Festival 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.
Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade A) (Indian Pace - 2008)
thetote.com Galway Plate (Grade A) (Blazing Tempo - 2011)
Ladbrokes.com World Series H'dle (Grade 1) (Quevega (FR) - 2010)
Rabobank Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Hurricane Fly - 2010)
Boylesports.com Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Golden Silver (FR) - 2010)
BHP Insurance Irish Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Hurricane Fly - 2011)
Ladbrokes.com Munster National H'cap Sch (Grade A) (Treacle - 2009)
Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet S'chase (Grade 1) (Golden Silver (FR) - 2009)
ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF (Mares) H'dle (Grade 1) (Glens Melody - 2013)
Barry & Sandra Kelly Memorial Novice Hdl (Grade 1) (Mikael D'Haguenet (FR) - 2008)
EMS Copiers Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Blood Cotil (FR) - 2015)
Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet S'chase (Grade 1) (Twinlight (FR) - 2014)
Goffs Thyestes H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (On His Own - 2014)
MCR H'dle (Grade B) (Final Approach (GB) - 2011)
Unibet Morgiana H'dle (Grade 1) (Sharjah (FR) - 2018)
EBF Annie Power (Mares)Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Benie Des Dieux (FR) - 2018)
EMS Copiers Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Kemboy (FR) - 2018)
Irish Daily Mirror Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Next Destination - 2018)
Guinness H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Patricks Park - 2018)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF(Mares)Nov.H'dle (Grade 1) (Laurina (FR) - 2018)
*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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