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 2021/2022882311114€361,500€75,575€437,075
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
Listowel 22/09/21 Annamix (FR) HcpCh 3m 3 11-6 150 Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €15,000
Listowel 22/09/21 Port Stanley BegCh 2m 6f fell 12-0 133 Brandon Hotel Beginners S'chase
Listowel 22/09/21 Oscer Romero HcpHdl 3m p.u. 10-11 117 Devon Inn Hotel H'cap H'dle
Listowel 22/09/21 Gordon Dai Dai (FR) MdnHdl 2m 5 12-0 McSweeney Brothers M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €360
Listowel 22/09/21 Robinnia NovCh 2m 4f 1 11-9 Ballygarry House (Mares) Novice S'chase €9,300
Listowel 22/09/21 Farout NovHdl 2m 2 11-10 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice H'dle €3,400
Listowel 20/09/21 Dark Voyager HcpHdl 2m 2 11-10 126 Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue H'dle(Hcap) (Grade B) Grade B €10,000
Listowel 20/09/21 Bleu Berry (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 1 12-0 John F. McGuire Beginners S'chase €7,500
Listowel 19/09/21 Feigh Hdl 2m 7 10-9 Kerry Group 3-Y-O H'dle
Listowel 19/09/21 Captain Kangaroo MdnHdl 3m 1 12-0 125 Dairygold M'dn H'dle €7,200
Listowel 19/09/21 Easy Game (FR) Ch 2m 4f 1 11-10 161 Kerry Group S'chase €12,600
Listowel 19/09/21 French Made (FR) Hdl 2m 4f 1 11-9 134 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Mares) H'dle €11,100
Navan 18/09/21 Edison Kent Hdl 2m 5f 170yds 2 11-3 H'dle €2,700
Galway 06/09/21 Donthavetime HcpHdl 2m 130yds 2 11-10 105 H'cap H'dle €2,200
Galway 06/09/21 Jazzaway Hdl 2m 5f 87yds p.u. 11-3 143 Deacy Gilligan H'dle
Wexford 04/09/21 Downthecellar HcpHdl 2m 150yds r.o. 11-6 87 Support Local Stay Local H'cap H'dle
Wexford 04/09/21 Sweet Street MdnHdl 3m 1 11-1 104 Wexford (Mares) M'dn H'dle €6,000
Wexford 04/09/21 Jungle Junction NovCh 2m 4f 2 11-12 135 MOKKA-E At Ferrybank Rated Novice Schase €3,200
Down Royal 27/08/21 Mighty Meggsie MdnHdl 2m 190yds 1 11-1 Sean Graham Bookmaker (Mares) M'dn H'dle €6,000
Bellewstown 25/08/21 Act Of God (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f 57yds 1 11-10 125 Bective Stud Mullacurry Cup Hcap Hdle