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. 

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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 2022/202363187113€146,400€89,405€235,805
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
Galway 31/07/22 Agusta Gold Ch 2m 6f 111yds u.r. 10-10 138 Eileen Kelly Memorial S'chase
Galway 30/07/22 Gamin Original (FR) MdnHdl 2m 150yds 8 11-12 BoyleSports Download The App M'dn H'dle
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
Galway 29/07/22 Fan De Blues (FR) HcpCh 2m 6f 111yds 3 11-12 140 Guinness Galway Blazers H'cap S'chase €8,000
Galway 29/07/22 Tempo Chapter Two HcpHdl 2m 11yds p.u. 11-5 126 Guinness Galway Tribes H'cap H'dle
Galway 28/07/22 Adamantly Chosen HcpHdl 2m 11yds 13 11-5 137 Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade A) Grade A
Galway 28/07/22 Hors Piste (FR) NovHdl 2m 4f 156yds 2 11-0 135 Guinness Novice H'dle €4,400
Galway 28/07/22 Ganapathi (FR) NovCh 2m 2f 54yds 3 11-5 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Schase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €3,000
Galway 28/07/22 Captain Kangaroo BegCh 2m 6f 111yds 6 11-12 Guinness Beginners S'chase €340
Galway 27/07/22 Rock Road HcpHdl 2m 6f 111yds 1 11-6 117 SP Or Better Guaranteed Tote Hcap Hdl €10,200
Galway 27/07/22 Purple Mountain HcpHdl 2m 110yds 3 11-7 123 Free Jackpot Irish EBF (Mares) Hcap Hdle €3,000
Galway 27/07/22 El Barra (FR) HcpCh 2m 6f 111yds 3 11-2 150 The Tote Galway Plate (H'cap S'chase) (Grade A) Grade A €27,000
Galway 27/07/22 Champ Kiely MdnHdl 2m 5f 11yds 1 11-12 Tote Always SP Or Better M'dn H'dle €10,200
Galway 26/07/22 Tax For Max (GER) NovHdl 2m 110yds 4 11-6 134 COLM QUINN BMW Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €1,750
Galway 26/07/22 Jon Snow (FR) BegCh 2m 2f 54yds 3 11-12 Latin Quarter Beginners S'chase €1,700
Limerick 20/07/22 Authorized Art (FR) BegCh 2m 3f 160yds 1 11-12 Glin Beginners S'chase €7,800
Limerick 20/07/22 Hybery (FR) BegCh 2m 2f 130yds 6 11-12 Adare Beginners S'chase €260
Limerick 20/07/22 Mi Lighthouse NovCh 2m 6f 1 10-13 Patrickswell Novice S'chase €9,600
Ballinrobe 19/07/22 Double Talkin Jive HcpHdl 2m 1f 95yds 6 11-8 103 David Heneghan Memorial H'cap H'dle €230
Tipperary 17/07/22 We'llhavewan BegCh 2m 3f 114yds 1 11-12 Racing Again August 5th Beginners Schase €6,600

*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).