We go for a quick-fire Q&A with Gold Cup champ Paul Townend

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There’s no racing on in the UK or Ireland currently, so with time on our hands, Head of PR Nicola McGeady decided it was high-time we got to know our racing ambassador – and two-time Gold Cup winner – Paul Townend a little better.

Here’s what happened when the pair sat down for a Q&A.

First thing you will do after lockdown?

Play a round of golf and go for a drink.

What are you doing to keep occupied during the pandemic?

Gardening at the moment.

Have you taken up any new hobbies?

Gardening is my new hobbie. I am very upset that the golf course is closed though.

Biggest rival in the weigh room

Rachael Blackmore at the moment especially during the title race last season.

Jockey who winds you up the most

Slippers Madden, closely followed by David Mullins.

Funniest jockey

None of them! They all think they are funny but they’re not!

Vainest jockey

Robbie Power thinks he is beautiful.

Favourite horse

Al Boum Photo of course, and Hurricane Fly.

Favourite track

Leopardstown and Punchestown.

Favourite moment

My first Gold Cup win.

If you weren’t a jockey what would you be?

A gardener!

Favourite Movie

It was The Greatest Showman but Bohemian Rhapsody is my new number one.

Favourite food

Crisps – any flavour!

Favourite sports star

Tiger Woods.

What do you listen to in the car?

I listen to any sports-related to podcasts and then the music depends on whatever mood I am in.

Best concert you were ever at?

Coldplay or Eminem.

What’s on the bucket list?

Travel the world with Thailand and Bali on the top of my list.

Any phobias?

Rats.

Biggest inspiration

Myself!

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Paul Townend

Paul is an Irish jockey who competes in National Hunt racing and is an integral part of the famous and vastly successful Willie Mullins team. Paul was Irish jump racing Champion Jockey for the 2010-11 season and will be discussing his rides in a weekly blog with Ladbrokes News throughout the jumps season.