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 2019/202020662351921€875,538€274,665€1,150,203
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
Clonmel 05/12/19 Rathvinden Hdl 3m 8yds 4 11-0 Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan H'dle €900
Fairyhouse 01/12/19 Bacardys (FR) Hdl 2m 4f 2 11-10 157 BARONERACING.COM Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €25,000
Fairyhouse 01/12/19 Foveros (FR) NovHdl 2m 7 11-7 140 BARONERACING.COM Royal Bond Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 01/12/19 Buildmeupbuttercup (GB) HcpHdl 2m 2 10-7 128 BARONERACING.COM H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A €20,000
Fairyhouse 01/12/19 Burrows Saint (FR) NovCh 2m 4f 3 11-10 156 BARONERACING.COM Drinmore Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €9,000
Thurles 28/11/19 Royal Rendezvous BegCh 2m 2f 1 11-12 Killinan Beginners S'chase €7,200
Thurles 28/11/19 Hopefully MdnHdl 1m 7f 171yds 12 11-2 Holycross M'dn H'dle
Thurles 28/11/19 Elfile (FR) Hdl 1m 7f 171yds 1 11-7 140 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Mares) H'dle €12,000
Punchestown 26/11/19 Fils Spirituel (FR) MdnHdl 2m 100yds 5 11-9 BETDAQ Trading Tools M'dn H'dle €390
Punchestown 26/11/19 Dorrells Pierji (FR) NovCh 2m 3f 150yds 5 11-3 BETDAQ Sportsbook Rated Novice S'chase €810
Punchestown 26/11/19 Minella Encore MdnHdl 2m 5f 150yds 2 11-12 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €3,000
Navan 24/11/19 Redhotfillypeppers HcpCh 3m 5 10-5 130 Ladbrokes Troytown H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €3,000
Navan 24/11/19 Francin (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 6 11-12 M'dn H'dle €260
Navan 24/11/19 Cash Back (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 1 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch €10,200
Navan 24/11/19 Mindsmadeup HcpHdl 2m 6f 13 11-0 113 Mervyn Gray Construction H'cap H'dle
Gowran Park 23/11/19 Mt Leinster MdnHdl 2m 2 11-12 INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €3,000
Gowran Park 23/11/19 Franco De Port (FR) NovHdl 2m 1 11-9 Ladbrokes Novice H'dle €9,300
Gowran Park 23/11/19 Kid Curry MdnHdl 2m 6 11-0 Timmy Maher Memorial 3-Y-O M'dn H'dle €270
Gowran Park 23/11/19 Getabird Ch 2m 4f 1 11-1 151 Talbot Hotel Carlow S'chase €12,000
Gowran Park 23/11/19 Laurina (FR) BegCh 2m 4f 1 11-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch €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).

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