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: (Four times) 2010/2011, 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2020/2021

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

Assoc. Trainers: Willie Mullins

Significant horses (selected): Al Boum Photo, Douvan, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Penhill, Chacun Pour Soi, Monkfish, Appreciate It, 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, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Energumene. 

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, in 2019/2020 and for a fourth time in the 2020/2021 season.

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 11, 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 2022 Festival, Paul has 23 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 he rode. 

Paul became the leading jockey at the Cheltenham festival for the second time when he rode five winners at the 2022 renewal. Among his winners was Energumene in the Champion Chase. 

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 2022/202383259134€223,200€98,230€321,430
National Hunt 2021/202223184342516€2,327,100€464,955€2,792,055
National Hunt 2020/2021293100414424€2,138,100€495,195€2,633,295
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

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Listowel 21/09/22 El Barra (FR) HcpCh 3m u.r. 11-2 153 Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Listowel 21/09/22 No Risk No Fun (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1 11-12 McSweeney Brothers M'dn H'dle €7,500
Listowel 21/09/22 Uncle Phil NovHdl 2m p.u. 11-7 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice H'dle
Listowel 21/09/22 Another Choice HcpHdl 3m 6 11-4 122 Devon Inn Hotel H'cap H'dle €350
Listowel 19/09/22 Adamantly Chosen BegCh 2m 1f 1 11-12 John F. McGuire Beginners S'chase €8,400
Listowel 19/09/22 Carrigmoorna Queen MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €8,400
Listowel 18/09/22 Nikini Hdl 2m 4f 1 10-12 Kerry Group Irish EBF (Mares) H'dle €11,700
Listowel 18/09/22 Easy Game (FR) Ch 2m 4f 1 11-8 159 Kerry Group S'chase €24,000
Listowel 18/09/22 What Path (FR) MdnHdl 3m p.u. 11-12 Dairygold M'dn H'dle
Listowel 18/09/22 Aghaboy (GER) Hdl 2m 1 11-0 Kerry Group 3-Y-O H'dle €9,000
Navan 17/09/22 High City Roller MdnHdl 1m 7f 170yds 3 11-12 Bar One Racing Bet In-Play Mdn Hdle (Div 2) €1,250
Navan 17/09/22 Old Bill Barley MdnHdl 1m 7f 170yds 11 11-12 Bar One Racing Bet In-Play Mdn Hdle (Div 1)
Navan 17/09/22 Another Choice Hdl 2m 5f 150yds 2 11-1 122 Bar One Racing Quick Deposit H'dle €2,800
Sligo 14/09/22 Grand Bornand (FR) Ch 2m 5f 47yds 2 11-10 135 Templehouse Lake S'chase €2,500
Galway 05/09/22 Shewearsitwell Hdl 2m 5f 87yds 4 11-2 140 Deacy Gilligan H'dle €875
Galway 05/09/22 Hubrisko (FR) MdnHdl 2m 130yds 1 11-12 Kenny Developments M'dn H'dle €7,800
Kilbeggan 02/09/22 High City Roller MdnHdl 2m 3f 3 11-12 Pat Doyle Memorial M'dn H'dle €1,050
Kilbeggan 02/09/22 We'llhavewan HcpCh 2m 3f 7 10-12 116 Kilsaran H'cap S'chase
Galway 31/07/22 Agusta Gold Ch 2m 6f 111yds u.r. 10-10 138 Eileen Kelly Memorial S'chase
Galway 30/07/22 La Prima Donna (FR) HcpHdl 2m 6f 168yds b.d. 10-12 129 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B

*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).