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 201714511131710€140,000€116,988€256,988
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
Ballinrobe 27/06/17 Why Me (GB) Hcp 1m 5f 27yds 11 8-13 55 Ladies Day Today H'cap
Ballinrobe 27/06/17 Elusive Ivy Mdn 1m 5f 27yds 4 9-2 Brendan McNulty Memorial M'dn
Gowran Park 25/06/17 War Hero Mdn 7f 5 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €413
Gowran Park 25/06/17 Nivvo Hcp 1m 2 10-0 65 Festival Of Speed July 16th H'cap €2,100
Gowran Park 25/06/17 Secret Wizard Hcp 7f 2 9-1 82 H'cap €5,200
Down Royal 24/06/17 Lady Lambada Mdn 1m 2f 75yds 8 9-0 71 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auc M'dn
Down Royal 24/06/17 Cappadocia Hcp 6f 180yds 1 9-11 62 Value Cabs H'cap €6,250
Down Royal 24/06/17 Clongowes Hcp 1m 4f 150yds 1 8-10 83 Magners Ulster Derby €60,000
Down Royal 24/06/17 Pirolo Hcp 1m 2f 75yds 2 8-12 64 Down Royal H'cap €2,400
Down Royal 24/06/17 Cirin Toinne Hcp 1m 2f 75yds 2 9-10 87 Coolmore Stud EBF Ulster Oaks (F) H'cap €8,000
Limerick 23/06/17 The Lords Walk (GB) Hcp 1m 4 9-8 67 Ballyduane Stud H'cap €625
Limerick 23/06/17 Moonstone Rose Mdn 7f 9 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auc (F) Mdn
Limerick 23/06/17 Guanabara Bay F 6f 150yds 2 9-9 67 Book Claiming Race €2,100
Limerick 23/06/17 Face Value (GB) Hcp 2m 1f 8 9-6 69 Limerick Racecourse Family Fun Day H'cap
Naas 20/06/17 Rivellino (GB) F 7f 5 9-7 83 Panoramic Restaurant Rated Race €500
Naas 20/06/17 Specific Gravity (FR) F 1m 2f 3 9-10 83 Claiming Race €1,050
Naas 20/06/17 Rose Anjou (GB) Hcp 7f 2 9-8 58 Racing Again June 28th H'cap €2,100
Naas 20/06/17 Ribbontail Way Mdn 7f 4 9-0 69 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auction Mdn €725
Naas 20/06/17 Initially (GB) Hcp 7f 3 9-12 68 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €1,500
Cork 18/06/17 Abstraction F 5f 3 9-9 94 Midsummer Sprint Stakes (Listed) €3,375

*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).