Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2nd, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

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

Assoc. Trainers: John Oxx, Jim Bolger, Jarlath Fahey, Mick Channon

Significant horses (Selected): Skitter Scatter, 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. 

Ronan rode his first Group 1 winner when landing the Moyglare Stud Stakes on the Patrick Prendergast-trained Skitter Scatter on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh in September, 2018. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2018/20192810611€111,875€20,863€132,738
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 201932032382733€454,825€320,295€775,120
Flat 201842944234336€836,406€332,185€1,168,591
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
Curragh 15/09/19 Massif Central Hcp 1m 2f 11 9-10 97 Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap
Curragh 15/09/19 Roman Turbo F 7f 7 9-3 104 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) Group 1
Curragh 15/09/19 Milltown Star (GB) F 6f 63yds 5 8-13 Tattersalls Ire. Super Auction Sale Stks
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Sinawann F 1m 2 9-3 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stks (Group 2) Group 2
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Surrounding F 1m 5 9-5 105 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes (Group 2) Group 2
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Skitter Scatter (USA) F 1m 7 9-0 112 Coolmore 'Fastnet Rock' Matron Stakes (Group 1) Group 1
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Edification (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 4 8-13 82 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Petingo' H'cap
Leopardstown 14/09/19 Current Option Hcp 7f 1 8-12 89 Ir.Stal.Farms EBF 'Sovereign Path' H'cap
Listowel 13/09/19 Maunganui Hcp 1m 4f 3 9-5 71 John & Terry Moriarty Memorial H'cap
Listowel 13/09/19 X' Girl Mdn 1m 4f 12 9-0 66 Bank Of Ireland M'dn
Listowel 12/09/19 Mouneera Mdn 1m 9 9-0 MAC Fuels &General Supplies(Fillies) Mdn
Listowel 12/09/19 Spiritual Son Mdn 1m 4 9-5 Tote Ireland Irish EBF Median Auct. M'dn €950
Listowel 11/09/19 Trading Point (FR) Hcp 7f 13 9-3 87 Brandon Hotel H'cap
Listowel 11/09/19 Lumsden Hcp 7f 8 9-4 65 Listowel Arms H'cap
Listowel 09/09/19 Come September F 1m 1f 4 8-12 89 Edmund & Josie Whelan Mem. Listowel Stks (Listed) Listed €2,500
Listowel 09/09/19 Blue Wood Mdn 7f 4 9-5 Follow Listowel Races On Twitter M'dn €650
Listowel 09/09/19 Gentil J Hcp 1m 10 9-5 79 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Listowel 09/09/19 Dragon Flight Mdn 6f 60yds 10 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Listowel 09/09/19 Noirvento Hcp 6f 60yds 7 9-9 59 Feale H'cap
Navan 07/09/19 Tai Sing Yeh Hcp 5f 164yds 9 9-10 66 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).

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