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 2019/2020112411888€502,638€105,010€607,648
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
Galway 16/09/19 Great White Shark (FR) Hdl 2m 5f 87yds 3 11-2 134 Deacy Gilligan Irish EBF (Mares) H'dle
Listowel 14/09/19 Poker D'ainay (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 9 10-11 119 M.J. Carroll ARRO H'cap H'dle
Listowel 14/09/19 Contingency (GB) NovCh 2m 4f 1 11-7 Allman Contracts (Mares) Novice S'chase €10,800
Listowel 14/09/19 Bronagh's Belle MdnHdl 2m 3 11-0 John Lynch Memorial M'dn H'dle €1,500
Listowel 13/09/19 Golazo MdnHdl 2m 4f 5 11-12 John J.Galvin M'dn H'dle €450
Listowel 12/09/19 Eclat Des Mottes (FR) BegCh 2m 6f 2 11-12 Kevin McManus Beginners S'chase €3,200
Listowel 12/09/19 Ejayteekay (GB) HcpHdl 2m 11 10-7 133 Ladbrokes Ireland Listowel H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Listowel 11/09/19 Rebel Og MdnHdl 2m 4 11-5 M.S.D. Animal Health M'dn H'dle €750
Listowel 11/09/19 Think Positive NovHdl 2m 4f 5 11-5 Ballygarry House Hotel Novice H'dle €675
Listowel 11/09/19 Yorkhill HcpCh 3m p.u. 11-7 154 Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Listowel 10/09/19 Sayo (GB) BegCh 2m 1f 4 11-12 John F. McGuire Beginners S'chase €750
Listowel 10/09/19 Blazing Emily MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-7 Jet O'Carroll Memorial EBF (M) Mdn H'dle €10,200
Listowel 10/09/19 Celtic Dancer HcpHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-3 106 Listowel H'cap H'dle
Listowel 08/09/19 Zola MdnHdl 3m 1 11-5 Charleville Cheese M'dn H'dle €9,000
Listowel 08/09/19 Stratum (GB) Hdl 2m 4f 2 11-8 145 Kerrymaid H'dle €4,500
Listowel 08/09/19 Ask Susan HcpCh 2m 4f 4 10-10 125 Kerry Group H'cap S'chase €2,000
Listowel 08/09/19 Wicklow Brave (GB) NovCh 2m 1f 1 11-12 Cheestrings Novice S'chase €13,200
Bellewstown 29/08/19 Days Without End MdnHdl 2m 4f 50yds 1 11-12 Wintergrass M'dn H'dle €6,600
Ballinrobe 27/08/19 Listen Dear Ch 2m 1f 4 10-9 143 Hollymount Nursing Home S'chase €1,000
Ballinrobe 27/08/19 Herbiegoesbananas HcpHdl 2m 6f 39yds 7 11-8 91 Corrib Oil H'cap H'dle

*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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