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.
Lanwades Stud Stakes (Group 2) (Opal Tiara - 2018)
Ir. Stal. Farms EBF Irish Cambridgeshire (Moran Gra (USA) - 2013)
Magners Ulster Derby (Clongowes - 2017)
Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes (Group 3) (Custom Cut - 2013)
TRM Ballyogan Stakes (Group 3) (Divine - 2016)
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Hcap (Moran Gra (USA) - 2011)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Habitat' H'cap (That's Plenty - 2014)
Cork Derby (Sea The Lion - 2018)
Her Majesty's Plate (Listed) (The Tartan Spartan - 2017)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Ragusa' H'cap (Sea The Lion - 2017)
Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes (Listed) (Canary Row - 2017)
Knockaire Stakes (Listed) (Lady Wingshot - 2012)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery (Puncher Clynch - 2009)
I.T.B.A. (South East Region) EBF Nursery (Atasari - 2009)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery (Cest Notre Gris - 2012)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Morga - 2016)
Fitzpatrick Gallagher McEvoy H'cap (Sea The Lion - 2018)
Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Hospital Hcap (Hamley (FR) - 2017)
Curragh "Where Champions Are Made" H'cap (St Stephens Green - 2018)
Irish Tatler H'cap (Jennies Jewel - 2016)
*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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