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 2016/2017736995€48,125€34,700€82,825
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 2017391141€6,875€11,525€18,400
Flat 201636025243532€234,988€374,994€609,981
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

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Navan 24/04/17 Famous Affair Mdn 5f 182yds 14 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Navan 24/04/17 Verse Of Love (FR) Mdn 1m 2f 12 9-5 Kilberry (C&G) M'dn
Navan 24/04/17 Lisadell Abi Hcp 5f 10 8-10 62 Follow Navan On Facebook H'cap
Navan 23/04/17 Mr Scarlet (GB) F 5f 182yds 6 9-3 96 Coolmore Stud Power Stakes (Listed) €950
Navan 23/04/17 Lady Epaulette Mdn 5f 15 9-0 Coolmore Stud Requinto EBF (Fillies) Mdn
Navan 23/04/17 Morga F 1m 6f 5 9-1 97 Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes (Group 3) €1,950
Navan 23/04/17 Oh Grace F 1m 2f 9 9-0 88 Coolmore Stud EBF Salsabil Stakes (Listed)
Limerick 22/04/17 Golden Dandy Mdn 1m 2 9-2 Family Fun Day May 21st M'dn €2,500
Limerick 22/04/17 Ripped Hcp 1m 3f 70yds 3 8-9 46 Book Online At Hcap (Div 2) €1,000
Limerick 22/04/17 Moncontour Mdn 7f 11 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 21/04/17 Mai O'Higgins Hcp 7f 11 9-10 71 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap
Dundalk 21/04/17 Brave Display Hcp 6f 1 8-11 61 Hen & Stag Packages At Dundalk H'cap €6,875
Tipperary 20/04/17 Rive Normande (FR) Mdn 1m 1f 12 10-0 Tipperary Races (Fillies) Maiden
Cork 15/04/17 Pirolo Hcp 1m 2f 4 8-8 54 Buy Online At H'cap €600
Cork 15/04/17 Apache Gold Hcp 7f 9 9-0 49 H'cap
Cork 15/04/17 Twin Star Mdn 1m 100yds 6 9-5 Mallow M'dn
Cork 15/04/17 Hillcrest Fire Mdn 1m 2f 3 9-0 Blackwater M'dn €1,200
Dundalk 12/04/17 Oh So Sensible Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 6 8-11 47 Good Friday Greyhound Racing H'cap
Naas 09/04/17 Daisy's Flyer Mdn 6f 3 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €1,600
Naas 09/04/17 Bubbly Bellini Hcp 6f 7 8-9 76 Racing Again May 1st H'cap

*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).