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 2019/202014047221313€630,438€140,305€770,743
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
Cork 20/10/19 Port Rashid HcpHdl 2m 3f 3 10-12 104 Matchbook Betting Exchange H'cap H'dle
Cork 20/10/19 Zola NovHdl 3m 1 11-3 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice H'dle
Punchestown 16/10/19 Some Neck (FR) Ch 3m 1f fell 11-8 142 Irish Daily Star S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Punchestown 16/10/19 Cool Colonnade NovCh 2m 2f 140yds 2 11-5 134 Ladbrokes Acca Buck House Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €7,000
Punchestown 15/10/19 Kid Curry Hdl 2m 20yds 4 10-8 Ladbrokes 3-Y-O H'dle €775
Limerick 13/10/19 Fast Buck (FR) NovHdl 2m 5f 2 11-9 Ladbrokes The Nation Plays Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €6,800
Limerick 13/10/19 Cabaret Queen (GB) HcpCh 3m 1 10-0 124 Ladbrokes Munster National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €60,000
Limerick 13/10/19 Eclat Des Mottes (FR) BegCh 2m 6f 4 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch €750
Limerick 13/10/19 Listen Dear Hdl 2m 6f 100yds 1 11-0 PricewaterhouseCoopers Irish EBF (M) Hdl (Listed) Listed €21,000
Downpatrick 11/10/19 Stones And Roses MdnHdl 2m 6f 110yds 5 11-4 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €420
Downpatrick 11/10/19 Herbiegoesbananas HcpHdl 2m 6f 110yds 3 11-9 91 MB McGrady & Co, Accountants H'cap H'dle €1,000
Downpatrick 11/10/19 Blue Jacaranda MdnHdl 2m 2f 165yds 7 11-5 Molson Coors M'dn H'dle
Galway 08/10/19 Think Positive NovHdl 2m 160yds 4 11-7 Faber Audiovisuals Novice H'dle €900
Galway 08/10/19 Sayo (GB) BegCh 2m 2f 54yds 1 11-12 Beginners S'chase €8,400
Tipperary 07/10/19 Rebel Og MdnHdl 2m 4f 40yds fell 11-7 Follow Tipperary On Facebook (M) Mdn Hdl
Tipperary 06/10/19 Brahma Bull NovCh 2m 4f 6 11-5 Like-A-Butterfly Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €900
Tipperary 06/10/19 Oscars Den HcpHdl 2m 9 11-5 125 Fitzgerald's Woodlands Hotel H'cap H'dle
Gowran Park 05/10/19 Eight And Bob (GB) HcpHdl 3m 1 11-3 127 Kilkenny Racing Festival H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B €30,000
Gowran Park 05/10/19 Drury MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 11-5 Golf Memberships At Gowran Park Mdn Hdle €2,600
Gowran Park 05/10/19 Yorkhill Ch 2m 4f 4 11-3 152 PWC Champion S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €2,250

*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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