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 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 2018295412€40,313€33,350€73,663
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 Prize Money
Leopardstown 16/04/18 Spanish Tenor F 1m 7 9-5 103 Heritage Stakes (Listed)
Leopardstown 16/04/18 Triple Sec Hcp 7f 1 9-2 71 Leopardstown Summer Pass H'cap €7,500
Leopardstown 16/04/18 Empress Lyla Hcp 7f 13 9-1 67 Spin 1038 Finale H'cap
Cork 15/04/18 Loudest Whisper Mdn 1m 100yds 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auc M'dn €400
Leopardstown 14/04/18 Empress Lyla Hcp 1m 20 9-11 67 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap
Leopardstown 14/04/18 A Smooth Criminal Mdn 1m 6 9-5 Leopardstown 'Summer Bundle' M'dn
Leopardstown 14/04/18 Gasta F 7f 13 9-0 91 Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Stks (Group 3)
Naas 13/04/18 Sunday Spark Mdn 5f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €3,500
Dundalk 11/04/18 Skitter Scatter (USA) Mdn 5f 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,375
Dundalk 11/04/18 Sunday Smart Hcp 6f 5 9-8 87 Avenue Inn H'cap €425
Dundalk 11/04/18 Cresendo F 6f 7 8-12 55 Dundalk Business Club Claiming Race
Dundalk 11/04/18 Chaparral Dream Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 9-2 55 LMFM Family Fun Day Sunday May 6th H'cap €2,000
Dundalk 11/04/18 Hediddodinthe Hcp 2m 2 9-7 60 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap €2,000
Dundalk 10/04/18 Danz Gift Hcp 5f 1 10-0 59 Racing Again April 11th & 18th H'cap €6,250
Dundalk 10/04/18 Tom Dooley Hcp 7f 10 8-11 57 LMFM Family Fun Day May 6th H'cap
Navan 07/04/18 Vocal Relation Mdn 5f 7 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
Navan 07/04/18 Flawlessly (FR) F 5f 164yds 4 9-2 67 Cork Stakes (Listed) €2,250
Dundalk 06/04/18 Danz Gift Hcp 5f 1 9-8 59 Connolly Kelly Accountants H'cap €6,250
Dundalk 06/04/18 War Hero F 7f 5 9-2 82 Racing 11th & 18th April Rated Race €425
Dundalk 06/04/18 St Stephens Green Hcp 1m 4f 4 9-1 81 LMFM Family Day Sunday 6th May H'cap €850

*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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