Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth:  02/11/1992
County of origin:   Kildare
First winner:  Seachtanach (Jim Bolger) Navan, June 5th, 2009
Assoc. Trainers:  Jim Bolger
Follow him on Twitter:  @WhelanRonan

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A native of Monasterevin in County Kildare, Ronan Whelan was a well-regarded graduate of the pony racing circuit, having ridden 95 winners and being crowned the leading pony rider in 2008. Whelan took his first ride on the racecourse at the age of 16 and rode his first winner on just his second ride on Jim Bolger's Seachtanach at Navan in June, 2009. He was the champion apprentice rider in 2012 with 41 winners. The Bolger-trained Lady Wingshot gave him his first listed success in the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown in November of that year and he won the Group 3 Gladness Stakes on George Kent's Custom Cut at the Curragh the following April. Mick Channon supplied Whelan with a second Group 3 success when Divine landed the Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh in April, 2016. Ronan Whelan rode his first winner at Royal Ascot when he partnered Jennies Jewel to land the Ascot Stakes Handicap on June 15, 2016. Jennies Jewel is trained by Jarlath Fahey who was a neighbour of Whelan's growing up. In September, 2016, Jim Bolger revealed that he intends to make Whelan his stable jockey on the retirement of Kevin Manning. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2015/201662101346€71,750€31,175€102,925
Winter All Weather 2014/20154441130€21,000€20,050€41,050
Winter All Weather 2013/2014154221€23,800€4,420€28,220
Winter All Weather 2012/2013478224€56,490€5,627€62,117
Winter All Weather 2011/2012542534€17,500€11,445€28,945
Flat 201629824193123€228,738€336,169€564,906
Flat 201522911202227€96,050€144,058€240,108
Flat 201425714162622€132,560€149,023€281,583
Flat 201327921362623€232,900€278,913€511,813
Flat 201225531273013€263,250€185,739€448,989
Flat 201122519191517€139,360€123,413€262,773
Flat 201011441099€28,350€36,115€64,465
Flat 2009613822€51,570€19,964€71,534

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Fairyhouse 27/09/16 Cool Artist Mdn 7f 12 9-0 Racing At Fairyhouse October 8th M'dn
Fairyhouse 27/09/16 Dulcina (GB) Mdn 6f 8 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 25/09/16 Complicit Hcp 1m 11 9-5 84 Dublin Coach H'cap
Curragh 25/09/16 Legitimus F 7f 3 9-0 C.L. & M.F. Weld Park Stakes €6,750
Curragh 25/09/16 Vociferous Marina Mdn 7f 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €10,313
Curragh 25/09/16 Jennies Jewel F 2m 8 9-4 98 Sycamore Lodge Loughbrown Stakes
Curragh 25/09/16 Master Speaker Hcp 5f 9 9-10 94 Mongey Communications Joe McGrath H'cap
Dundalk 23/09/16 Blazing Heart Mdn 6f 12 9-0 Dundalk Stadium M'dn
Dundalk 23/09/16 Barbel (GER) Hcp 1m 7 8-10 51 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 23/09/16 Danz Gift Hcp 5f 2 9-10 71 Like Us On Facebook H'cap €2,000
Dundalk 23/09/16 Three Majors Hcp 1m 1 9-4 59 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap (Div 2) €5,625
Curragh 22/09/16 Lady Rosebud Mdn 6f 17 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 22/09/16 Sartori (GB) Hcp 7f 17 9-8 64 Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Hcap
Curragh 22/09/16 Palavicini Run Hcp 7f 1 9-11 65 Jockeys Emergency Fund H'cap €6,250
Curragh 22/09/16 Only Spoofing Mdn 6f 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden
Curragh 22/09/16 Jumbo Steps Hcp 6f 10 9-5 56 RACE & Irish School of Farriery H'cap
Curragh 22/09/16 Blue Skimmer Hcp 1m 2f 4 10-0 64 Order Of Malta H'cap (Div 2) €500
Curragh 22/09/16 Royal Blessing (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 3 9-0 55 Order Of Malta H'cap (Div 1) €1,000
Naas 21/09/16 Pepperminty Hcp 1m 9 9-8 70 naasracecourse.com Nursery H'cap
Naas 21/09/16 Saga Altais Mdn 1m 4 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auct Mdn €850
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*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).