Paul Townend

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Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

When the judges began their chatting about the destination of our Sportswoman of the Month for July award, there was a sizeable sense of déjà vu about(...)

Jody Townend on Great White Shark  on the way to winning the The Connacht Hotel  Handicap on the opening night of thr Galway Races. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jody Townend maintained her family connection to the Galway Festival with an emotional success on Great White Shark in the opening day at Ballybrit. (...)

Paul Townend and Benie Des Dieux claimed the French Champion Hurdle in Paris for trainer Willie Mullins. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Benie Des Dieux lowered the colours of last year’s winner De Bon Coeur to land the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (French Champion Hurdle) in Paris.(...)

Fusil Raffles ridden by Daryl Jacob on his way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Fusil Raffles showed his mettle after missing Cheltenham through injury when taking the Grade One honours in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins was officially crowned Irish champion jumps trainer for the 13th time on the final day of the Punchestown Festival. In each of the pr(...)

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Grown men crying is far from unusual in a winners’ enclosure but this was different. At Punchestown, men struggled to cope with their emotions at news(...)

  Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo celebrates victory in the  Cheltenham Gold Cup  on March 15th, 2019.   Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Al Boum Photo returns to Punchestown for the first time since his notorious mishap at last year’s festival, and trends students are likely to feel the(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins with Burrows Saint after his runner took the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase. File photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins begins the 2019 Punchestown festival with a 17th Leading Trainer prize at Ireland’s richest National Hunt festival already all but assu(...)

 Ruby Walsh on Royal Caviar leads over the last from Davy Russell on Some Plan in the 2017 Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Paul Townend will be crowned champion jockey at the end of next week’s Punchestown festival. Rachael Blackmore is runner-up after her groundbreaking s(...)

Paul Townend onboard Al Boum Photo celebrates winning at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Willie Mullins expects Paul Townend to keep the ride on Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo when he bids to follow up at Punchestown next week. A(...)

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