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): 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. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
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 2018139174156€237,625€69,275€306,900
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 21/06/18 Hamley (FR) Hcp 1m 2f 2 9-5 81 Bulmers Live At Leopardstown H'cap
Sligo 19/06/18 The Lords Walk (GB) F 1m 2f 140yds 1 9-2 68 Sligo Racecourse Claiming Race €6,563
Sligo 19/06/18 Clonville Hcp 7f 5 8-12 53 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap €375
Sligo 19/06/18 Krispen F 7f 1 9-7 79 Taylor Engineering Median Auction Race €9,688
Sligo 19/06/18 King Christophe Hcp 1m 2f 140yds 11 10-0 63 Darcy Contract Cleaning H'cap
Naas 18/06/18 Inflorescence Mdn 5f 4 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies M'dn €825
Naas 18/06/18 Oh So Sensible Hcp 1m 10 8-8 33 Racing Again June 27th H'cap
Naas 18/06/18 Idalia Hcp 7f 4 8-8 58 Panoramic Restaurant H'cap €550
Naas 18/06/18 Noirvento Mdn 7f 8 9-0 M'dn
Cork 17/06/18 Sea The Lion Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-0 86 Cork Derby €30,000
Cork 17/06/18 Aprils Joy Mdn 1m 2f 30yds 8 9-0 Sean Barrett Bloodstock Insurance M'dn
Cork 17/06/18 Indian Eye (GB) Mdn 6f 60yds 6 9-0 Cork Music Night July 13th Fillies M'dn
Limerick 16/06/18 Vociferous Marette Mdn 7f 9 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auction Mdn
Limerick 16/06/18 Forza Libranno (FR) Hcp 6f 150yds 13 9-9 70 Jake Carter Plays Live June 22nd H'cap
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Lucca Hcp 1m 4f 3 9-6 71 Bookmakers H'cap €1,250
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Downtown Diva Hcp 6f 5 8-10 54 Summer Family Fun Day July 8th H'cap €275
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Flawlessly (FR) Hcp 7f 8 9-6 72 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Hitchslap (GB) Mdn 6f 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €438
Leopardstown 14/06/18 High Kicker Hcp 1m 7f 7 9-0 56 Leopardstown Ladies Golf Club H'cap
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Casla F 1m 2f 8 9-0 72 Fitzers Catering Rated Race

*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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