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# Paul Townend

This month
March 2023
# Galopin Des Champs
Willie Mullins' Galopin Des Champs wins Cheltenham Gold Cup to cap dominant week for the Irish
Gold Cup glory for powerhouse duo from Bravemansgame.
# Racing
Mullins and Townend win Cheltenham Gold Cup with Galopin Des Champs
Gold Cup glory for powerhouse duo from Bravemansgame.
This year
2023
# destiny awaits
Blood Destiny enters Triumph Hurdle contention with stylish win at Fairyhouse
Pic D’Orhy wins the Silviniaco Conti Chase for Paul Nicholls, while West Balboa edges a thrilling renewal of the Lanzarote Hurdle.
Last year
2022
# odds on
Galopin Des Champs eases to victory in John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase
Gold Cup favourite in cruise control in Grade One.
# Racing
Vauban storms to classy success as Mullins kicks off with quick Friday treble
State Man proves different class in County Hurdle while The Nice Guy took the Albert Bartlett.
# contrast
Townend's rollercoaster of emotions on a St Patrick's Day he will never forget
The 31-year-old came to grief at the final fence in the opening race, the Novices Chase, when clear on Galopin des Champs.
# Cheltenham
Shishkin pulled up as Energumene takes Champion Chase gold for Willie Mullins
Dramatic running of two-mile championship at Cheltenham.
# Upandrunning
First Irish success of the day as Townend powers home for Mullins on Sir Gerhard
“He showed his class, as keen as he was, to stay going. I was afraid going around that we were in the wrong race, but he showed his true ability”
# Willie Mullins
Chacun Pour Soi shines on return to favourite hunting ground
“He’s back to himself. He was very good all week and he trained very well,” said Mullins.
# Racing
Kilcruit enjoys Punchestown stroll and in line for Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham
Smart sort had been beaten at odds-on first two runs over hurdles.
# warning shot
Dysart Dynamo states Cheltenham credentials by blowing Punchestown rivals away
Willie Mullins’ novice cruised home by 19 lengths from Gringo D’aubrelle.
All time
# Day One
Mullins hails ‘awesome’ Leopardstown effort from Ferny Hollow
Sir Gerhard makes perfect start to hurdling career and Fil Dor shone on Day One of the Christmas Festival.
# Galway
Royal Rendezvous delivers on Plate promise
Last year’s second goes one better for Mullins and Townend at Galway.
# title challenge
Townend moves six clear of Blackmore in championship race
Galopin Des Champs keeps up momentum for reigning champion.
# climactic
Donn McClean: Expect fireworks as Townend and Blackmore do battle for jockey's title
There will be intriguing clashes all week at Punchestown between the pair of leading jockeys, and their amateur equivalents, beginning tomorrow.
# Racing
Townend back in action for Punchestown as title race with Blackmore nears end
Champion booked for three rides on day one after foot injury.
# Chasing Glory
Treble for Rachael Blackmore to boost hopes in jockey title race as she reaches 91 winners for season
Three winners for the Blackmore and De Bromhead partnership at Kilbeggan this evening.
# heating up
Rachael Blackmore edges one closer to defending champion Townend in leading jockey race
Ireland’s 2021 Grand National and Cheltenham hero now trails Townend by seven.
# moon boy
Paul Townend continuing Punchestown fitness fight
Rider is having a protective boot made ahead of Festival.
# mind the gap
Rachael Blackmore wins yet again as she closes in on leading jockey title
Blackmore now trails Paul Townend by just eight winners with just three weeks left in the Irish jump jockeys’ championship.
# Out of Action
Townend ruled out of Irish Grand National day after suffering foot injury
Jockey awaiting scans on foot injury.
# Squeaky Bum Time
'Probably the most nerve-wracking race I've ever watched': Willie Mullins' Monkfish justifies short odds
Not all plain sailing, but Mullins hotpot gets the job done.
# Leopardstown
Monkfish far too good for Flogas rivals and Appreciate It secures Grade One double at Leopardstown
Mullins’ star a game winner of the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle.
# Leopardstown
Dominant start by Mullins and Townend with storming wins in Dublin Chase and Irish Arkle
Earlier Gaillard Du Mesnil made no mistake in the Grade 1 opener.
# Photo finish
Al Boum Photo claims Tramore hat-trick on seasonal bow
Dual Gold Cup winner claims Grade Three prize again.
# Bach to Business
Bachasson lands Punchestown double to cap Willie Mullins’ sensational Christmas
Grey strikes again in Punchestown’s New Year’s Eve feature.
# Tipp Top
Townend gets the season off to winning start with Aramon
At the Curragh, both Wayne Lordan and Joseph O’Brien warmed up for tomorrow’s Irish Derby with a treble apiece.
# cheltenham countdown
The disarming genius Mullins, chats about Faugheen over pints and the change from Ruby to Townend
Willie Mullins has so many big names, horses and owners, yet he nearly always seems to get his way.
# Winning
Notebook wins brilliant renewal of the Arkle at Leopardstown and joy for Chacun Pour Soi
Earlier Latest Exhibition won the opener for trainer Paul Nolan and jockey Bryan Cooper.
# first home
More success for Mullins as Min takes John Durkan glory at Punchestown
Cilaos Emery took the feature race at Cork today.
# Opening Show
Donn McClean: Un De Sceaux shines brightest among the stars at Punchestown
Klassical Dream and Delta Work impressed – but it was an old favourite who stole the show.
# Final furlong
Townend set for Al Boum Photo ride at Punchestown next week
Willie Mullins has given the green light for Al Boum Photo and Kemboy to take each other on.
# Penhill
2018 Stayers' Hurdle winner ruled out of title defence at Cheltenham
Penhill was bidding for a third successive victory at the course.
# Racing
Champion trainer Mullins aims to continue his brilliant winning run at Fairyhouse
A Grade 3 Mares Novice Hurdle is the highlight of the card at the Meath race track today.
# punchestown 2018
Redemption for Townend as Mullins lands incredible six-timer including the Gold Cup
Willie Mullins has edged ahead of Gordon Elliott in the trainers’ championship after a spectacular Wednesday.
# exit stage right
'Genuine mistake': Jockey explains what went wrong in chaotic conclusion to Punchestown race
Paul Townend and Robbie Power have both released statements this morning.
# Leopardstown
Unaccompanied claims the Festival Hurdle for Weld
Demot Weld’s filly got up to win the feature race on day four at Leopardstown, beating favourite Thousand Stars into second place.
# Out of Action
Russell a doubt for Aintree after Thurles accident
Fractured wrist will sideline jockey for a minimum of two weeks.
# And they're off
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