Jody Townend

County of origin: Cork 

First winner: Port Rashid (Tim Townend) Tramore, April 16, 2018 

Champion Lady Amateur Rider: 2020/2021

Significant horses: Great White Shark, Princess Zoe, Grangee, Adamantly Chosen. 

Assoc. trainers: Willie Mullins, Tim Townend

Did you know:

From Midleton, County Cork, Josephine or "Jody" Townend rode a winner on her first ride in a point-to-point at Grennan in late 2015 as a 17-year-old and made the breakthrough on the racecourse when winning the 5 Lamps Maiden Hurdle on Port Rashid, owned and trained by her father Tim at Tramore on April 16, 2018. Jody began her riding career in showjumping and eventing. She is the youngest sister of champion jockey Paul Townend and a cousin of former top jockey Davy Condon.

Jody rode a winner on her first ride for champion trainer Willie Mullins when scoring on Supreme Trix in a lady riders' bumper at Roscommon on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Mullins supplied her with a notable success when the pair combined to win the Connacht Hotel Amateur Riders Handicap with Great White Shark on the opening day of the 2019 Galway Festival. Jody had made a brilliant recovery from injury to win the race having fractured her T12 vertebrae in a schooling fall in October of the previous year. Her return to the saddle was delayed by serious infection after surgery and Great White Shark was only her fourth ride back. 

She partnered subsequent Group 1 winner Princess Zoe to handicap success at the Curragh in 2020 and rode her first winner at Leopardstown when landing the Grade 2 Coolmore NH Sires Irish EBF Mares INH Flat Race on the Willie Mullins-trained Grangee at the 2021 Dublin Racing Festival. In April of the same year, Jody won the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival on the Willie Mullins-trained Adamantly Chosen and was crowned as the Leading Lady Amateur Rider for the 2020/2021 season days later. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2022/20237216998€107,400€50,680€158,080
National Hunt 2021/202290261056€250,500€66,270€316,770
National Hunt 2020/2021539623€168,900€18,970€187,870
National Hunt 2019/2020213263€85,200€16,310€101,510
National Hunt 2018/2019235243€42,188€14,500€56,688
National Hunt 2017/201881110€6,875€4,238€11,113
National Hunt 2016/201720001€0€550€550
National Hunt 2015/201620000€0€0€0

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Limerick 26/03/23 Must Be Dreaming Hdl 2m 50yds 5 11-7 98 Tote (Mares) H'dle €420
Cork 23/03/23 Pure Notions (FR) NHF 2m 6 11-11 Buy Tickets (Ladies Pr-Am) INH Flat Race €210
Thurles 13/03/23 Port Rashid HcpHdl 2m 98yds 4 11-12 93 Killinan H'cap H'dle €500
Thurles 13/03/23 Naruto NHF 2m 98yds 3 12-0 Ballagh INH Flat Race €1,000
Limerick 12/03/23 Special Cadeau (GB) NHF 2m 4 12-0 Good Luck To Irish (Pr-Am) INH Flat Race €550
Thurles 23/02/23 Port Rashid HcpHdl 2m 70yds 1 11-0 88 Connolly's RED MILLS Ladies H'cap H'dle €6,300
Navan 12/02/23 Rule The Wind NHF 2m 7 11-11 William Hill Play (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Leopardstown 05/02/23 Fancy Girl NHF 2m 4 11-8 Coolmore NH Sires EBF (M) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €5,000
Leopardstown 04/02/23 Chosen Witness NHF 2m 5 11-11 Shabra Future Stars (C&G) INH Flat Race (Grade 2) Grade 2 €3,000
Limerick 31/01/23 Captain Cody NHF 2m 1 11-7 ISF EBF Auction (Pro/Am) Flat Race €9,000
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Ik's Man (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 85yds 4 11-8 RED MILLS EBF Ladies Auction M'dn H'dle €1,000
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Tramps Like Us NHF 2m 5 11-7 P.J. Foley Memorial INH Flat Race €315
Fairyhouse 01/01/23 Dinoland (FR) NHF 2m 7 11-11 Jump Into January (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Punchestown 31/12/22 Petit Dejeuner NHF 2m 2f 4 11-8 ISF EBF (Mares) (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €550
Leopardstown 29/12/22 Special Cadeau (GB) NHF 2m 3 11-11 Plusvital INH Flat Race €2,000
Limerick 28/12/22 Chosen Witness NHF 2m 2f 1 11-11 Woodlands House Hotel INH Flat Race €6,300
Limerick 27/12/22 Whiskey Lullaby HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 11-7 109 Grant Thornton Ladies H'cap H'dle €2,300
Limerick 27/12/22 Largy Hill NHF 2m 1 11-11 Whitebox Property Group INH Flat Race €6,300
Limerick 26/12/22 Coole Cherry NHF 2m 2 11-8 Aqua Process Solutions (M) INH Flat Race €2,100
Fairyhouse 21/12/22 Down The Park NHF 2m 3 11-2 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (F) INH Flat Race €1,100

*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).