Monday 18 December 2017

Ballinrobe return for Townend

Paul Townend Photo: Getty Images
Paul Townend Photo: Getty Images

Paul Townend, currently leading the race to be crowned Ireland's champion National Hunt jockey, is due to return from injury on Wednesday.

Townend, who admirably replaced Ruby Walsh on a number of Willie Mullins' stable-stars throughout the season, will be in action at Ballinrobe, where he has three rides.

The jockey fractured his collarbone at Navan on March 26 and is five winners ahead of Davy Russell as he attempts to claim his first title.

"I saw my specialist Tadgh O'Sullivan today and everything is A1 and hopefully I'll have a bit of luck tomorrow. The collarbone seems perfect," said Townend.

Townend won his first race at the Cheltenham Festival in March when partnering What A Charm to victory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

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