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 201920723262020€318,625€219,750€538,375
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
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Howling Wolf Mdn 7f 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn
Leopardstown 18/07/19 Ballydrislane Mdn 1m 1f 7 9-5 Carnival Extravaganza M'dn
Fairyhouse 17/07/19 Katiymann Hcp 7f 1 9-8 82 The Irish Injured Jockeys H'cap €15,000
Fairyhouse 17/07/19 Red Bloodedcruiser (GB) Hcp 7f 3 9-5 60 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media H'cap €1,150
Killarney 16/07/19 A Step Too Far Hcp 1m 25yds 10 9-0 58 Flesk H'cap
Killarney 15/07/19 Terzetto Hcp 1m 3f 35yds 4 9-10 88 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €1,250
Killarney 15/07/19 Private Jackson Mdn 1m 3f 35yds 10 9-11 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmakers (Fillies) Mdn
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Surrounding F 7f 1 9-8 106 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stks (Group 3) Group 3 €45,000
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Cappadocia Hcp 7f 14 9-12 62 Boyne Valley Racing Weekend H'cap (Div 2)
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 House Call Hcp 1m 4f 14 9-7 58 Summer Evening Racing 17th July H'cap
Fairyhouse 14/07/19 Lyrical Attraction Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-1 64 Making Dreams Come True H'cap €7,800
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Hamley (FR) Hcp 1m 2f 4 9-1 92 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nasrullah H'cap €5,000
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Moteo F 1m 6f 2 9-9 96 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €15,000
Leopardstown 11/07/19 Tirmizi (FR) Hcp 1m 5f 6 9-11 82 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap €350
Curragh 29/06/19 Tirmizi (FR) Hcp 2m 6 9-3 82 Dubai Duty Free Creekside EBF H'cap €1,000
Curragh 29/06/19 Arcanears Hcp 6f 11 8-13 77 Dubai Duty Free H'cap
Curragh 29/06/19 Gee Rex F 6f 9 9-0 91 Dubai Duty Free Tennis C'ship Dash Stks (Listed) Listed
Curragh 29/06/19 Saltonstall (GB) Hcp 1m 4 9-3 89 Dubai Duty Free The Irish Village H'cap €2,500
Curragh 28/06/19 Ahlan Bil Zain (FR) Hcp 7f 4 9-8 83 Eleanor & Lyndsey Comer Memorial H'cap €1,000
Curragh 28/06/19 Surrounding Hcp 7f 2 9-12 100 Finlay Volvo Cars Summer (Fillies) H'cap €20,000

*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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