Paul Townend Profile
|Born||Sep 15, 1990|
As a National Hunt jockey it is hard to imagine there’s a better job than being stable jockey to the Willie Mullins team. That honour goes to Paul Townend. Let's take a closer look at his career.
31-year-old Townend stepped seamlessly into the stirrups vacated by the great Ruby Walsh on the latter's retirement.
Townend does take outside rides but why would he want or need to do so with the armoury at his trainer's disposal.
The man from Midleton, in south-east County Cork, originally joined Mullins as an apprentice Flat jockey. He waited in the wings behind Walsh for what might have seemed an eternity to the young man, still picking up some super rides at big Festivals, but always after Ruby had taken first pick.
Despite that, he was still able to win the Irish jump jockeys' title in 2010-11, when his friend and colleague was still riding. He's since added three more championships to his CV (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21) and there will surely be several more to come if he can stay injury free.
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner
One thing he has done that sets him apart from Walsh is that he's ridden the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Mullins, not once, but twice in successive years on Al Boum Photo (2019 2020).
Cheltenham Festival winners
He has a long way to go to overhaul Ruby Walsh's tally of Cheltenham Festival winners, but by the end of the 2021 meeting he had 18 Festival wins to his name.
The first of those came on What A Charm, who won the 2011 running of the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
He had to wait four years before his next whiff of Prestbury Park success, riding three winners at the 2015 meeting.
Other highlights among his tally to date include an Arkle on Duc des Genievres (2019), a Stayers' Hurdle on Penhill (2019), a Triumph Hurdle on Burning Victory (2020), a Champion Bumper on Ferny Hollow (2020), and Broadway Novices' Chase on Monkfish (2021).
In 2020, he picked up the award for leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, having ridden five winners at the meeting.
Big races in Ireland
Townend has already ridden the winner of many of the big races in his native Ireland. Standouts include four Irish Arkles, a Champion Stayers Hurdle, two Christmas Hurdles, a Hatton's Grace Hurdle, a John Durkan Memorial Chase, an Irish Champion Hurdle, three Punchestown Champion Chases, and a Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
The major Irish races to have eluded him thus far are both the Irish National and the Irish Gold Cup.
Best Known Horses
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, Mikael D'Haguenet, Blackstairmountain, What A Charm, Golden Silver, Unaccompanied, Wicklow Brave, Final Approach, Blazing Tempo, On His Own, Arctic Fire, Cadmium, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Energumene.
Paul Townend facts
First winner: The Chop Chopman, Limerick, June 22, 2007
Townend rode four winners on the same card at Cork in December 2016 and repeated that at the same meeting two years later.
He rode 100 winners in a season for the first time during the 2018-19 season. His best seasonal tally also came in the same season, when he rode 109 winners in total.
He followed that up with 105 winners in 2019-20 and 100 winners in 2020-21.
Paul Townend News
- Feb 03, 2023
- Dec 29, 2022