Paul Townend with trainer Willie Mullins.

IRC Q&A: Paul Townend


Paul Townend became the number one jockey to the powerful Willie Mullins yard when Ruby Walsh retired. The now 30-year-old Irishman was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010–11 season, the 2018–19 season and 2019-20 season.
Townend gave Mullins his first Cheltenham Gold Cup winner with Al Boum Photo in 2019 and repeated this success in 2020. Townend has dozens of major wins to his credit, including 12 at the Cheltenham Festival.

Here is a snap Q & A with Townend, who added further three winners to his Cheltenham tally at the 2021 Festival.

1: Full Name: Paul Townend.
2: Date Of Birth? 15 September 1990
3: Sushi or Steak? Steak
4: Mood after horse running unplaced? Contrary
5: How do you celebrate a winner? Dinner and drinks with friends
6: Superstitions? Saluting Magpies
7: Fav Holiday Destination? Northern Italy
8: Beer or Wine? Beer
9: Would you rather be a Jockey or a Pop Star? Jockey
10: How many miles do you do a year? 40-50k
11: Who do you look up to? Ruby Walsh
12: Left-handed or right-handed? Right-handed
13: Rolex or Breitling? Rolex
14: Best horse you have ever seen? Istabraq
15: What hair Gel do you use? Powder
16: Fav Football Team? Manchester United (though not a big football fan)
17: Fav Sport? Formula One
18: Worst Ever Curse by a Trainer? “This will win!”
19: Who do you like to see ranging up to you in a finish because you know you’ll have their measure? Anyone travelling worse
20: Your star sign? Virgo
21: Single or Taken? Taken
22: Best Sweatbox Prank? Emmet Mullins lost 21lbs in a broken, cold sauna in Killarney
23: Funniest weighing room colleague? JJ Slevin
24: Stick or hands-and-heels? Stick, when used correctly
25: Bath or Shower? Shower
26: Read or Netflix? Netflix
27: Would you rather ask for permission or ask for forgiveness? Forgiveness

Two horses in your string to watch

1. Ferny Hollow
2. She Wears It Well

Favourite Charity:
Irish Injured Jockeys Fund

Irish Injured Jockeys was set up in 2014 to increase awareness and raise vital funds to support injured jockeys. Funds raised through Irish Injured Jockeys go to the injured riders who are in most need of support.

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