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 2016/2017736995€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 201725719173020€252,500€207,700€460,200
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Killarney 23/08/17 Tonkin Mdn 1m 50yds 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Killarney 23/08/17 Canary Row F 1m 50yds 1 9-9 90 Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes (Listed)
Curragh 20/08/17 Nam Hcp 6f 63yds 12 8-13 58 Breast Cancer Research H'cap
Curragh 20/08/17 Feisty Katerina F 7f 8 9-0 Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes (Group 2)
Curragh 20/08/17 War Child (GB) Mdn 7f 15 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 19/08/17 Raintree Mdn 1m 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Tramore 19/08/17 Alton Bay Hcp 2m 8 9-10 80 Assembly Techniques H'cap
Tramore 19/08/17 High Kicker Hcp 1m 4f 5 9-11 57 Martha's Bar H'cap €275
Tramore 19/08/17 Silent Dreamer (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 7 8-12 60 Strand Inn H'cap
Tramore 19/08/17 Live Twice (GB) Mdn 1m 4f 5 9-11 64 Dan Cowman Memorial M'dn €313
Dundalk 18/08/17 Sharp Defence (USA) Hcp 6f 2 9-3 94 Bar One Racing Mourne H'cap €5,200
Dundalk 18/08/17 Political Policy Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 4 9-6 87 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Red God' H'cap €2,500
Leopardstown 17/08/17 Military Hill Hcp 1m 15 9-8 69 Bulmers H'cap
Gowran Park 16/08/17 Quizical Mdn 7f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €10,313
Gowran Park 16/08/17 Sovereign Hill Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 10 9-5 80 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 13/08/17 Helvetian (GB) F 6f 8 9-3 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) €2,500
Curragh 13/08/17 Uluru Park F 7f 9 9-0 Loder Irish EBF (Fillies) Race
Curragh 13/08/17 Sunday Smart Mdn 5f 4 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €875
Tipperary 11/08/17 Red Persian F 7f 100yds 7 9-3 87 Coolmore Ivawood Stakes (Listed)
Tipperary 11/08/17 Specific Gravity (FR) F 1m 1f 1 9-9 75 McGrath Oil Claiming Race €6,563
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*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).