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 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 2022/20231947431289€1,154,700€330,895€1,485,595
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 30/01/23 Pink In The Park MdnHdl 2m 4f 70yds 5 11-7 Bar One Racing Sign Up (M) M'dn H'dle €375
Punchestown 30/01/23 Sir Argus (GB) MdnHdl 2m 4f 70yds 2 11-12 Bar One Racing Bet (C&G) M'dn H'dle €2,500
Punchestown 30/01/23 Diverge (GB) MdnHdl 2m 1 11-12 Bar One Racing Best Odds M'dn H'dle €7,500
Naas 29/01/23 Seabank Bistro MdnHdl 2m 3f 1 11-12 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €9,000
Naas 29/01/23 Sinbad Le Marin (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 151yds 9 11-7 Cheltenham Trials Day At Naas M'dn H'dle
Naas 29/01/23 Ramillies NovCh 3m 170yds DSQ 11-0 Finlay Ford At Naas Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €6,000
Naas 29/01/23 Echoes In Rain (FR) Hdl 1m 7f 151yds 1 10-10 150 Naas Business Club Limestone Lad H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €17,100
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Sir Gerhard BegCh 2m 1 11-12 Daly Farrell Accountants Beg. S'chase €7,800
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Carefully Selected HcpCh 3m 1f 1 11-8 147 Goffs Thyestes H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €60,000
Thurles 22/01/23 Embassy Gardens (GB) NovHdl 2m 7f 1 11-0 W.T. O'Grady Memorial EBF Novice H'dle €8,100
Thurles 22/01/23 Allegorie De Vassy (FR) NovCh 2m 4f 78yds 1 11-3 Coolmore NH Sires EBF (M) Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €30,000
Thurles 22/01/23 Chacun Pour Soi (FR) Ch