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 2019/202025479442129€1,108,638€353,075€1,461,713
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
Thurles 19/01/20 Monkfish NovHdl 2m 6f 61yds 1 11-5 W.T.O'Grady Memorial EBF Novice H'dle
Thurles 19/01/20 Cut The Mustard (FR) NovCh 2m 4f 91yds 2 11-0 Coolmore NH Sires EBF (M) Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2
Thurles 19/01/20 Real Steel (FR) Ch 2m 4f 91yds 1 11-8 160 Horse & Jockey Hotel S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2
Punchestown 15/01/20 Rebellito (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 11-12 Ladbrokes Football 'Acca-Boosty' Mdn Hdl
Punchestown 15/01/20 Et Dite (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 11-7 Ladbrokes (Mares) M'dn Hdle €2,600
Fairyhouse 14/01/20 Eden Flight (FR) MdnHdl 2m 6f 110yds 2 11-12 Follow Fairyhouse On Social M'dn H'dle €2,200
Punchestown 12/01/20 Blackbow MdnHdl 2m 65yds 4 11-12 Racing TV Club Day Today M'dn H'dle €675
Punchestown 12/01/20 Carefully Selected NovCh 2m 4f 1 11-1 Killiney Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €25,500
Fairyhouse 11/01/20 Jazzaway MdnHdl 2m 2f 110yds 1 11-5 Easter Festival Tickets (Mares) Mdn Hdle €7,800
Fairyhouse 11/01/20 Voix Des Tiep (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 2 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg. S'chase €3,400
Thurles 10/01/20 Rebel Og NovHdl 2m 2 10-11 125 I.S.F. EBF Boreen Belle (M) Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €6,500
Thurles 10/01/20 Max Dynamite (FR) BegCh 2m 4f 110yds 4 11-12 Beginners S'chase €600
Clonmel 09/01/20 Getaway Gorgeous MdnHdl 2m 197yds 2 11-7 Kilsheelan (Mares) M'dn H'dle €2,200
Clonmel 09/01/20 Lord Royal (FR) MdnHdl 2m 3f 202yds 1 11-10 Monroe M'dn H'dle €6,600
Clonmel 09/01/20 Tiger Tap Tap (GER) Hdl 2m 3f 202yds 1 11-7 136 Munster H'dle €9,000
Naas 05/01/20 Tornado Flyer NovCh 2m p.u. 11-12 148 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice S'chase
Naas 05/01/20 Asterion Forlonge (FR) MdnHdl 1m 7f 190yds 1 11-12 INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €9,000
Naas 05/01/20 Good Thyne Tara (GB) BegCh 2m fell 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Beg. S'ch
Cork 04/01/20 Guard Of Honour HcpHdl 2m 4f 7 10-3 118 H'cap H'dle
Cork 04/01/20 Golden Spread (GB) MdnHdl 3m 5 11-12 MansionBet Faller Insurance M'dn H'dle €405

*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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