Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2nd, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Seachtanach (Jim Bolger) Navan, June 5th, 2009

Assoc. Trainers: Jim Bolger, Patrick Prendergast, Jarlath Fahey, Mick Channon

Significant horses (Selected): Jennies Jewel, Opal Tiara, Divine, Custom Cut, Canary Row, The Tartan Spartan, Lady Wingshot, Clongowes, Moran Gra, Sea The Lion, Puncher Clynch, That's Plenty, Atasari, Cest Notre Gris, Morga. 

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 2017/2018495863€42,500€34,650€77,150
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 201825428162618€373,344€174,663€548,006
Flat 201739927304433€343,250€349,860€693,110
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 Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Leopardstown 16/08/18 Serefeli Hcp 1m 4 9-7 68 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap
Leopardstown 16/08/18 Ho Ho Bird Mdn 7f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 16/08/18 Moteo Mdn 1m 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 16/08/18 Pearland Mdn 1m 8 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn
Gowran Park 15/08/18 Cloak Of Darkness Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 4 9-5 Irish EBF Supporting ICW M'dn
Gowran Park 15/08/18 Spelga (GB) Mdn 7f 9 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran Park 15/08/18 Less Of That Hcp 1m 1f 100yds 8 8-11 70 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Ballinrobe 13/08/18 Peace Approved Mdn 1m 1f 165yds 9 9-0 On-Course Vets (Fillies) M'dn
Ballinrobe 13/08/18 Griffyndor Hcp 1m 1f 165yds 6 8-12 74 Burleigh Accountancy Irish EBF H'cap
Curragh 12/08/18 Noirvento Mdn 5f 5 9-0 44 Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital EBF M'dn €450
Cork 11/08/18 Idalia Hcp 7f 3 9-6 57 Follow Us On Twitter Hcap €1,050
Cork 11/08/18 Kerineya F 1m 6 8-11 Goffs Platinum Stakes (Listed) Listed €950
Cork 11/08/18 On The Bob (GB) Mdn 1m 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) M'dn
Cork 11/08/18 Gentil J Hcp 7f 8 8-11 73 Irish EBF Supporting ICW (Fillies) H'cap
Tipperary 10/08/18 Sunday Scholar Mdn 5f 11 8-13 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Tipperary 10/08/18 Emperor Bob Hcp 7f 100yds 8 9-7 56 @TipperaryRaces H'cap
Leopardstown 09/08/18 Fiannaiocht Hcp 1m 8 8-13 62 SMOKIE H'cap
Leopardstown 09/08/18 Theotonius Mdn 1m 2f 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €400
Leopardstown 09/08/18 Stellar Mass F 1m 4f 2 9-8 GRENKE Finance Ballyroan Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €12,600
Leopardstown 09/08/18 Could Be King (GB) Mdn 6f 3 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €1,750

*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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