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, 2018/2019, 2019/2020

Leading Jockey at the Cheltenham Festival: 2020 (5 winners)

Assoc. Trainers: Willie Mullins

Significant horses (selected): Al Boum Photo, Douvan, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Penhill, Laurina, Duc Des Genievres, Glens Melody, Min, 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 and for a third time in 2019/2020.

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 2020 Festival, Paul has 15 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. Al Boum Photo won the Gold Cup for a second successive year in 2020, one of three final-day winners for Townend who ended the Festival as the leading jockey for the first time with an overall tally of five, the same number of winners as Barry Geraghty but getting the nod on the number of second-placed horses her rode. 

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. He reached the century-mark again in the 2019/2020 season and was crowned champion jockey (for the third time) with a tally of 104 winners as the term was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/201321000€5,600€0€5,600
National Hunt 2020/202120870263516€1,161,300€292,565€1,453,865
National Hunt 2019/2020326105562433€1,628,838€519,775€2,148,613
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Manitopark Aa (FR) MdnHdl 2m 2f 110yds 2 11-7 Follow Fairyhouse (Mares) M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €2,400
Fairyhouse 16/01/21 Youmdor (FR) Hdl 2m fell 11-7 ITM Virtual Stallion Trail H'dle
Naas 13/01/21 Blue Lord (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 2 11-12 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €16,000
Naas 13/01/21 Captain Kangaroo MdnHdl 1m 7f 180yds 2 12-0 INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €2,800
Naas 13/01/21 Energumene (FR) NovCh 2m 1 11-10 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice S'chase €11,700
Fairyhouse 12/01/21 Low Sun (GB) Hdl 2m 2 11-7 142 Fairyhouse Racing From Home Webpage Hdle €3,100
Fairyhouse 03/01/21 Salsaretta (FR) Ch 2m 5f 50yds 5 11-7 148 John & Chich Fowler Mem. EBF (M) S'chse (Grade 3) Grade 3 €975
Fairyhouse 03/01/21 Runrized (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 12-0 Happy New Year From Fairyhouse M'dn Hdle
Fairyhouse 03/01/21 Hook Up (FR) Hdl 2m 2f 150yds 2 11-3 Wishing Everyone A Healthy 2021 (M) Hdle €2,700
Cork 02/01/21 Gjoumi (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3 11-7 CorkRacecourse.ie M'dn H'dle €1,200
Cork 02/01/21 Bon Retour HcpHdl 2m 4f 3 11-3 128 GAIN H'cap H'dle €2,100
Tramore 01/01/21 Mr Coldstone MdnHdl 2m 1 11-4 David Flynn Construction M'dn H'dle €6,000
Tramore 01/01/21 Al Boum Photo (FR) Ch 2m 5f 100yds 1 12-0 175 Savills New Year's Day S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €18,000
Tramore 01/01/21 Gorki D'airy (FR) MdnHdl 2m 5f 2 11-3 Goodbye 2020 Hello 2021 M'dn H'dle €2,000
Punchestown 31/12/20 Bachasson (FR) Hdl 2m 3f 120yds 1 11-6 148 tote.ie Punchestown H'dle €10,200
Limerick 30/12/20 Pont Aval (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-9 Roches Feeds (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Leopardstown 29/12/20 Stattler MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 12-0 Pigsback.com M'dn H'dle €7,200
Leopardstown 29/12/20 Saldier (FR) Hdl 2m 6 11-12 159 Matheson H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €2,000
Leopardstown 29/12/20 Concertista (FR) Hdl 2m 4f 1 11-9 150 Advent Insurance Irish EBF (Mares) H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €21,000
Leopardstown 29/12/20 Monkfish NovCh 3m 1 11-12 Neville Hotels Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €48,000
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*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).