Ronan Whelan

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): 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 2018/201971200€6,563€5,500€12,063
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 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
Dundalk 15/02/19 Elusive Exclusive Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 8 9-7 James Watters Wholesale M'dn
Dundalk 08/02/19 Kris Black Mdn 6f 6 10-5 Hydroscand Ireland M'dn
Dundalk 08/02/19 Sky Seven F 7f 2 9-4 87 / Race €3,100
Dundalk 01/02/19 Gougane Barra (USA) Hcp 1m 1 9-13 64 GO Service Station H'cap €6,563
Dundalk 01/02/19 Oneiroi Mdn 1m 2 9-5 Valentine's Weekend Special M'dn €2,400
Dundalk 01/02/19 Willie The Wisp Mdn 7f 12 9-5 Dundalk Stadium Business Club 2019 M'dn
Dundalk 25/01/19 Lady De Vesci F 1m 4f 8 9-4 70 Rated Race
Naas 21/10/18 Massif Central Hcp 1m 2f 4 10-0 97 Matchbook H'cap €1,300
Naas 21/10/18 Kalaxana F 1m 4f 6 9-3 98 Bungle inthejungle EBF Bluebell Stakes (Listed) Listed €1,150
Naas 21/10/18 Ben Alexander (GB) Mdn 6f 7 9-5 Tifrums Irish EBF (C&G) M'dn
Naas 21/10/18 Cedars Of Lebanon F 7f 1 8-10 75 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auct. Race Final €72,000
Naas 21/10/18 Moteo F 1m 8 9-0 Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes (Listed) Listed
Naas 21/10/18 Freedom Come Mdn 6f 15 9-0 Rathasker Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Guaranteed F 7f 2 9-3 92 Killavullan Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €12,000
Leopardstown 20/10/18 South East Hcp 1m 4f 13 9-6 78 Leopardstown Members Club H'cap
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Zorion (GB) F 1m 2f 4 9-10 103 Trigo Stakes (Listed) Listed €2,375
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Oiche Re Gealai Mdn 1m 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Repetitio Mdn 1m 10 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) M'dn
Leopardstown 20/10/18 Colfer Me Hcp 1m 12 9-6 76 Leopardstown Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 19/10/18 Three Majors Hcp 7f 11 8-11 48 Crowne Plaza Championship H'cap (Div 2)

*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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