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 2016/2017454443€26,875€15,350€42,225
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 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
Dundalk 20/01/17 Lucca Mdn 1m 4f 9 9-9 New Creation Design & Print M'dn
Dundalk 20/01/17 Specific Gravity (FR) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 9-12 80 Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant H'cap
Dundalk 20/01/17 Burren View Lady Hcp 1m 11 9-8 59 Mayfly Marketing H'cap
Dundalk 20/01/17 Bainne Hcp 6f 11 9-9 72 Kelliher's Electrical H'cap
Dundalk 13/01/17 Bubblesontherise Hcp 5f 6 9-6 57 Hibernia Steel H'cap
Dundalk 13/01/17 Palavicini Run F 1m 3 9-6 66 Total Produce Ireland Claiming Race €900
Dundalk 13/01/17 Harbour A Secret (GB) Mdn 1m 3 9-5 Servisource Recruitment M'dn €1,100
Dundalk 06/01/17 Lady Mona Lisa Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 14 9-0 53 Marshes Shopping Centre Hcap (Div 1)
Dundalk 06/01/17 Alnahar Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 10-0 65 Marshes Shopping Centre Hcap (Div 2) €5,625
Dundalk 06/01/17 Complicit Hcp 5f 5 9-1 71 H'cap €300
Dundalk 06/01/17 Dunleer Mdn 7f 13 9-0 Elusive Pimpernel M'dn
Dundalk 06/01/17 Lily's Prince F 7f 3 9-0 68 Rated Race €1,200
Dundalk 06/01/17 Hamley (FR) Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 14 9-0 72 Race Displays M'dn
Dundalk 23/12/16 Rathmuck Native Mdn 1m 4f 10 9-5 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk M'dn
Dundalk 23/12/16 Forevertwentyone Mdn 7f 13 9-0 Elusive Pimpernel M'dn (Div 2)
Dundalk 25/11/16 Goodnite Irina Mdn 7f 7 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med.Auct(F)M'dn
Dundalk 25/11/16 Eleuthera (GB) Hcp 7f 13 9-5 78 Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 25/11/16 Brokopondo Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-10 74 Crowne Plaza Jockey&Trainer Awards H'cap €1,200
Dundalk 25/11/16 Seapoint Hcp 1m 6 9-2 65 New Year's Greyhound Racing Nursery Hcap
Dundalk 25/11/16 Bubblesontherise Hcp 6f 12 9-11 61 Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay H'cap (Div 1)

*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).