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

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. 

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.

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. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/201321000€5,600€0€5,600
National Hunt 2018/201942299765345€1,245,644€573,535€1,819,179
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
Downpatrick 24/03/19 Allduckornodinner HcpCh 2m 3f 55yds 2 11-4 94 Tote Supporting Downpatrick Hcap S'chase
Downpatrick 24/03/19 Slippery Serpent Hdl 2m 2f 165yds 3 11-4 122 WKD Rated H'dle
Downpatrick 24/03/19 Danse Away HcpCh 3m 4f 120yds 3 10-11 122 Ulster Nat. EBF H'cap S'ch
Thurles 23/03/19 Be My Dream HcpHdl 2m 7f 59yds p.u. 11-10 93 Horse & Jockey H'cap H'dle
Thurles 23/03/19 Scarpeta (FR) Hdl 2m 7f 59yds 1 11-10 148 White Gypsy @ Finns Borrisoleigh H'dle
Thurles 23/03/19 Jetz NovCh 2m 2f 2 11-9 147 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice S'chase (Listed) Listed
Cork 21/03/19 Dolciano Dici (FR) Hdl 2m 4 11-2 134 UCC Horse Racing Society H'dle €1,000
Cork 21/03/19 Jennys Grey HcpHdl 2m 4f 7 11-12 95 CIT Raise And Give H'cap H'dle
Cork 21/03/19 Ronald Pump (GB) HcpHdl 3m 1 11-3 123 UCC Don't Step On The Crest H'cap H'dle €11,250
Navan 18/03/19 Woodland Opera Ch 2m 5 11-10 154 Webster Cup S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,350
Navan 18/03/19 Ejayteekay (GB) HcpHdl 2m 1 10-6 112 Toalsbet Casino H'cap H'dle €11,563
Limerick 17/03/19 Carefully Selected MdnHdl 2m 6f 1 11-12 Hospitality Packages Limerick M'dn H'dle €8,125
Limerick 17/03/19 Sapphire Lady NovHdl 2m 6f p.u. 11-2 129 Kerry Group EBF ShannonSpray (M) Nov Hdl Grade 3
Limerick 17/03/19 Redhotfillypeppers NovCh 2m 6f 120yds 3 11-0 Charleville EBF (Mares) Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €5,000
Down Royal 16/03/19 Stay Humble HcpHdl 2m 5f 130yds 4 11-9 122 French Village Novice H'cap H'dle €800
Down Royal 16/03/19 Roll Again (FR) MdnHdl 2m 140yds 1 11-4 Racing TV M'dn H'dle €6,875
Down Royal 16/03/19 Great Khan NovCh 2m 3f 140yds 4 11-5 118 North Down Marquees Rated Novice S'chase €800
Down Royal 16/03/19 Baie Des Iles (FR) Ch 3m 2f 50yds fell 11-3 142 S'chase
Naas 10/03/19 Mister Blue Sky NovHdl 2m 2 11-6 Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Nov.Hdle (Listed) Listed €5,500
Naas 10/03/19 Chacun Pour Soi (FR) BegCh 2m 1 11-12 Beginners S'chase €9,063

*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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