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 201737026274228€335,750€330,485€666,235
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

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Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Dundalk 20/10/17 Peggy's Acre Mdn 1m 13 9-3 M'dn
Dundalk 20/10/17 Fuwairt Hcp 7f 2 9-7 87 Book Your Christmas Party Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 20/10/17 Political Policy Hcp 1m 4f 7 9-10 87 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap
Dundalk 20/10/17 War Hero Hcp 7f 7 9-7 73 Christmas Party Nights Nursery H'cap
Naas 15/10/17 Just Waterville Mdn 6f 8 9-5 Tifrums Irish EBF (C&G) M'dn
Naas 15/10/17 Spanish Soprano Mdn 6f 5 9-0 Rathasker Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn €438
Naas 15/10/17 Gasta Hcp 6f 6 9-7 93 At The Races EBF Birdcatcher Premier Nur €1,000
Naas 15/10/17 Quizical F 7f 2 9-1 90 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auct. Race Final €24,000
Cork 14/10/17 Focus On Heaven Hcp 1m 100yds 9 9-4 84 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Cork 14/10/17 Moltoir Hcp 1m 100yds 3 9-3 75 Rickie Healy Appeal Nursery H'cap €1,800
Cork 14/10/17 New To Town Mdn 7f 3 9-0 83 Coolmore Ruler Of The World M'dn €1,300
Cork 14/10/17 Free Ranger Mdn 1m 100yds 2 9-5 Corporate HR Ireland Rickie Healy M'dn €2,400
Cork 14/10/17 Canary Row F 1m 100yds 6 9-10 97 Navigation Stakes (Listed) €900
Cork 14/10/17 Master Speaker Hcp 7f 8 9-2 83 Ingredient Solutions Rickie Healy H'cap
Dundalk 13/10/17 Claregate Street Hcp 1m 4f 5 8-13 71 Dundalk Stadium On Facebook H'cap €325
Dundalk 13/10/17 Nivvo F 1m 2f 150yds 8 9-2 65 Al Basti Equiworld Carlingford Stakes (Listed)
Dundalk 13/10/17 Secret Wizard Hcp 1m 8 9-10 86 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package H'cap
Dundalk 13/10/17 Vitalized Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 14 9-2 52 CrownePlaza Leading Jockey&Trainer H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 13/10/17 Rock On Rosie Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 5 9-6 57 CrownePlaza Leading Jockey&Trainer H'cap (Div 2) €275
Gowran Park 11/10/17 Bella Primavera Mdn 1m 1f 110yds 15 9-0 Racing Again November 25th M'dn

*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).

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