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 2021 Festival, Paul has 18 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 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 2020/2021293100414424€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
Punchestown 01/05/21 Haut En Couleurs (FR) Hdl 2m 3 11-2 Ballymore Champion 4YO H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €10,000
Punchestown 30/04/21 Gaillard Du Mesnil (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 1 11-12 150 Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €60,000
Punchestown 29/04/21 Gauloise (FR) NovHdl 2m 40yds 1 11-9 138 Close Brothers (Mares) Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €18,000
Punchestown 29/04/21 Energumene (FR) NovCh 2m 1 11-12 163 Ryanair Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €69,000
Punchestown 28/04/21 Galopin Des Champs (FR) NovHdl 3m 1 11-11 150 Irish Mirror Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €60,000
Punchestown 28/04/21 Al Boum Photo (FR) Ch 3m 120yds 2 11-12 170 Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup (Grade 1) Grade 1 €50,000
Punchestown 27/04/21 Chacun Pour Soi (FR) Ch 2m 1 12-0 172 William Hill Champion S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €150,000
Punchestown 27/04/21 Blue Lord (FR) NovHdl 2m 100yds 3 12-0 148 eCOMM Merchant Solutions Champ. Nov. Hdl (Grade 1) Grade 1 €10,000
Punchestown 27/04/21 Monkfish NovCh 3m 120yds 2 11-12 163 Dooley Insurance Champion Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €20,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Breakeven HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 11-6 119 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle €725
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Egality Mans (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f fell 11-7 Colm Quinn BMW Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 El Barra (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1 12-0 Ryan's Cleaning & Recycling M'dn H'dle €7,200
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Echoes In Rain (FR) NovHdl 2m 1 11-5 132 Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Nov. Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €21,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Gauloise (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 2 11-9 135 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €20,000
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Fighter Allen (FR) HcpHdl 3m 13 11-7 134 INH Stallion Owners EBF Nov. H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Ruaille Buaille HcpHdl 2m 3 10-12 129 Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A €8,000
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Eden Flight (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 7 12-0 M'dn H'dle
Limerick 28/03/21 Mr Coldstone NovHdl 2m fell 11-4 Bruff Rated Novice H'dle
Limerick 28/03/21 Yukon Lil (GB) Hdl 2m 1 11-9 Bruree (Mares) H'dle €8,100
Cork 25/03/21 Bapaume (FR) Hdl 2m 1 11-4 154 Follow On Instagram @Corkracecourse Hdle €10,200

*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).