Paddy Brennan (jockey)
Paddy Brennan (born 13 April 1981) is an Irish jockey who won the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Imperial Commander. He rode his 1,000th winner over jumps in Britain and Ireland with Fergal O’Brien-trained Colin’s Sister at Warwick. Brennan has won six races on board Cue Card, including five grade ones.
A native of Ardrahan, County Galway, Brennan was a keen GAA player with dreams of becoming a county hurler. He only became involved in horseracing after a neighbour noticed his talent with hunt horses. He was apprenticed to trainer Jim Bolger, and moved to Paul Nicholls's UK stable in 2000.
In the 2004/05 season he became champion conditional jockey.
In the 2007/08 season he rode more than a century of winners in a season for the first time.
In the 2015 Grand National he rode Saint Are. He came second behind Many Clouds.
On 16 November 2016 he rode his 1,000th winner on Colin's Sister at Warwick.
Cheltenham Festival wins
- Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle: Shamayoun 2006
- Ladbrokes World Hurdle: Inglis Drever 2007
- Pertemps Final: Ballyfitz 2008
- Ryanair Chase: Imperial Commander 2009
- Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup: Imperial Commander 2010
- Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase: Pigeon Island 2010
Other Grade One wins
- Ascot Chase: Cue Card 2017
- Maghull Novices' Chase: Ashley Brook 2005
- Sefton Novices' Hurdle: Pettifour 2008
- Aintree Hurdle: Khyber Kim 2010
- Betfair Chase: Imperial Commander 2010, Cue Card 2015 & 2016
- King George VI Chase Cue Card 2015
- Betfred Bowl Naccarat 2011, Cue Card 2016
Other major handicap wins
- "Many happy returns...". Racing Post. London. 13 April 2013.
- "Past championship winners". PJPA. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
- "Paddy Brennan: Jockey rides 1,000th winner on Colin's Sister at Warwick". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2016.