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Paul Townend Jockey - Rides, records, statistics, winners and earnings

Jockey Paul Townend has arguably the best job in National Hunt racing, being stable jockey to the massively successful Willie Mullins.

Mullins has more firepower in his yard than any other handler in Britain or Ireland and Townend has been first choice for many of the big rides since Ruby Walsh called it a day in May 2019.

Townend has topped the jockey standings at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, landing five winners and four seconds in 2023, while he won six races in 2024. He has also won the last two Gold Cups, thanks to two superb performances from Galopin Des Champs.

The Grand National is something that has so far evaded him, though, riding in the Aintree spectacular on 12 occasions and yet to be first past the post.

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Who is Paul Townend?

Townend has long been associated with trainer Mullins and he has been stable jockey to the Closutton handler ever since Walsh announced his retirement.

From Lisgoold in Co Cork, Townend originally joined Mullins as an apprentice Flat jockey and has gone on to be crowned champion jockey over the jumps in Ireland on five separate occasions.

Townend has won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham four times, twice aboard Al Boum Photo in back-to-back years in 2019 and 2020, and then again in 2023 and 2024, alongside the mighty Galopin Des Champs.

His success in the race means he is now level with the legendary Pat Taaffe who also won four in the 1960s.

His maiden success ended the long wait that Mullins, the most successful Cheltenham Festival trainer of all-time, had endured to get his hands on the Blue Riband.

Having ridden another six winners at the Cheltenham Festival in March, Townend has taken his total tally at that esteemed meeting to 34 and, given Mullins' strength in depth, there should be plenty more success to follow.

Paul Townend's best horses

Given the size of the Mullins operation, Townend is associated with a number of top-class horses, none more so than Galopin Des Champs who has now won successive Gold Cups.

The eight-year-old - 5/2 to win a second Gold Cup in 2025 - claimed an impressive three-and-a-half-length victory over Gerri Colombe in the Festival showpiece.

Townend has also formed an excellent partnership with Energumene, who defended his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown at the 2023 Festival, with a ten-length victory over Captain Guinness.

The Tony Bloom-owned champion missed the 2024 Festival due to injury, and connections will hope he can return at the earliest opportunity.

The 33-year-old's other Festival wins this season were also at Grade 1 level, with four of his other five successes coming at the top of the sport.

Gaelic Warrior won the Arkle, while State Man romped home in the Champion Hurdle, before Lossiemouth won the Mares' Hurdle. Ballyburn cruised to victory in the Gallagher Novices' Hurdle, while he also helped Absurde to victory on the Friday

Having already tasted plenty of success with Galopin Des Champs, State Man, Gaelic Warriors, Lossiemouth and Ballyburn, Townend can't afford to rest on his laurels.

Mullins will want to see more from his team at the upcoming Punchestown Festival, while better is expected of Tullyhill, El Fabiolo, Facile Vega, Sir Gerhard and Allegorie De Vassy who all failed to shine at Prestbury Park.

Paul Townend's Cheltenham Festival winners

As previously stated, four of Townend's 34 successes at the Festival have come in the biggest race of them all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

His two successes in the Queen Mother Champion Chase have come aboard Energumene, while State Man's success in 2024 was his first win in the Champion Hurdle.

He has three wins in the Arkle, Gallagher Novices' Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle, while he has also won the County Handicap Hurdle four times after Absurde's recent success.

In the past, he has guided the likes of Penhill, Vauban, Irish Cavalier, Min and Allaho to victory, but it is Al Boum Photo and Galopin Des Champs that have given him the most success by winning the Gold Cup two times each.

Paul Townend's Grand National winners

Townend's career will be envied across weighing rooms all around the United Kingdom and Ireland, but he has yet to have any joy in the Grand National at Aintree.

The 33-year-old will also hope to break his Grand National duck in 2024, having enjoyed his best finish to date when third on Gaillard Du Mesnil in 2023, but that runner will not compete in this year's edition.

He has only finished the race on three occasions, either falling or being forced to pull up his runners every other time since making his debut in the race in 2009.

Paul Townend's career earnings

Townend's career has been a lucrative one, as he has won over €13million as a rider in the UK and Ireland.

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