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 201635025233430€234,988€368,169€603,156
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
Dundalk 26/10/16 Royal Blessing (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 11 9-4 54 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 26/10/16 Blazing Heart F 7f 11 8-11 (F) Claiming Race
Dundalk 26/10/16 Jock Talk Mdn 7f 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 26/10/16 Rateel Hcp 1m 9 9-2 67 H'cap
Dundalk 26/10/16 Bective Mdn 6f 5 9-5 79 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Leopardstown 23/10/16 El Tren Hcp 1m 4f 11 9-11 77 Flat Finale October 29th H'cap
Leopardstown 23/10/16 Ibergman F 1m 2f 4 9-2 91 Trigo Stakes (Listed) €2,375
Leopardstown 23/10/16 Streisand Mdn 1m 16 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 23/10/16 Realta Hcp 1m 9 8-10 67 Leopardstown Club Members Nursery H'cap
Leopardstown 23/10/16 Musikel Mdn 1m 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) M'dn €413
Dundalk 21/10/16 Medicean Man (GB) F 5f 3 9-13 104 Mercury Stakes (Listed) €4,500
Navan 19/10/16 Little Cupcake (GB) Hcp 5f 14 8-10 53 H'cap
Navan 19/10/16 Bainne Hcp 1m 2f 6 9-7 83 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Navan 19/10/16 Get Some Mdn 5f 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran-Park 18/10/16 Teo's Music Mdn 1m 3 9-0 81 Thomastown (Fillies) Median Auction M'dn €1,100
Gowran-Park 18/10/16 Vocal Activity Mdn 1m 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran-Park 18/10/16 Tap Focus Hcp 1m 6f 10 8-13 63 Gowran Park Golf Memberships 2017 H'cap
Gowran-Park 18/10/16 Dynamic Focus Hcp 1m 10 8-12 53 H'cap
Gowran-Park 18/10/16 Carboniferous Mdn 1m 1f 110yds 10 9-0 Racing Again November 26th M'dn
Naas 16/10/16 Bective F 7f 11 9-3 81 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Race

*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).