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: (Three times) 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, Chacun Pour Soi, Monkfish, 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 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 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 2020/202125485334119€1,632,000€341,290€1,973,290
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 01/03/21 Rumoroso (GB) MdnHdl 2m 39yds 9 11-6 Punchestown Different Colour M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 01/03/21 The West Awaits MdnHdl 2m 6f 31yds 4 11-9 Moate Field (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 01/03/21 Cavallino MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-6 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Naas 28/02/21 Echoes In Rain (FR) NovHdl 1m 7f 101yds 1 10-12 Paddy Power Betting Shop Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Naas 28/02/21 Egality Mans (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 101yds 1 12-0 Paddy Power Livestream M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Naas 28/02/21 Micro Manage MdnHdl 1m 7f 101yds 2 11-13 Paddy Power Livestream M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Naas 28/02/21 Cilaos Emery (FR) Ch 2m 1 11-12 163 WhatOddsPaddy? S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Burrows Saint (FR) Ch 3m 1f 110yds 2 11-2 156 Bobbyjo S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Fairyhouse 27/02/21 Tax For Max (GER) Hdl 2m 2 11-2 Norman Colfer Winning Fair Juvenile Hdle (Grade 3) Grade 3
Thurles 25/02/21 Fighter Allen (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 218yds 3 11-2 Markaye Michael Purcell Mem Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €2,750
Navan 21/02/21 Scarpeta (FR) Hdl 2m 5f 4 11-5 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,750
Navan 21/02/21 Ragin Cajun HcpHdl 2m 5f 7 12-0 102 Ladbrokes Safer Gambling H'cap H'dle
Navan 21/02/21 Forza Milan NovCh 3m 3 11-5 136 Ladbrokes Ten Up Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €3,500
Navan 21/02/21 Darrens Hope NovHdl 2m 5f p.u. 11-6 127 Apple's Jade (Mares) Novice Hurdle (Listed) Listed
Navan 21/02/21 Brazos (USA) NovHdl 3m 3 11-4 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice H'dl (Grade 3) Grade 3 €2,750
Thurles 15/02/21 Harrie (FR) BegCh 2m 89yds 1 12-0 Templemore Beginners S'chase €6,600
Thurles 15/02/21 Broomfields Jeremy NovHdl 2m 4f 38yds fell 11-4 127 Horse & Jockey Rated Novice H'dle
Thurles 15/02/21 Fais Ton Chemin (FR) MdnHdl 2m 7f p.u. 11-6 Holycross M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 14/02/21 Power Of Pause NovHdl 2m 120yds 5 12-0 136 INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €825
Punchestown 14/02/21 Jungle Boogie MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 12-0 Happy Birthday Sarah Ann Madden Mdn Hdle (Div 2) €7,200

*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).