Sean Flanagan

County of origin: Wexford

First winner: Keevas Boy (Eamonn Sheehy) Down Royal, November 4, 2006

Significant horses: Identity Thief, Road To Respect, Disko, Snow Falcon, Arctic Skipper, Brave Right, Ice Cold Soul, Penny's Bill, Voler La Vedette, Whinstone Boy, Bonny Kate, Merry Cowboy, Monksland, Rashaan, Waxies Dargle, Jeff Kidder. 

Assoc. Trainers: Noel Meade

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From Palace East, County Wexford, Sean Flanagan began his career as an amateur rider and rode his first winner on the Eamonn Sheehy-trained Keevas Boy in a handicap chase at Down Royal in November, 2006. He rode three more winners as an amateur before turning professional in January of the following year and was off the mark in the paid ranks within a week when partnering Sheehy’s Merry Cowboy to win a handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on January 21.

He rode successfully for two half-seasons in America where he was based with leading trainer Jack Fisher in Baltimore. Flanagan was appointed stable jockey to Noel Meade in mid-September of 2016 to replace Paul Carberry who had retired from riding a couple of weeks earlier. Sean's first Grade 1 success came when the Meade-trained Disko landed the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown on February 12th, 2017. Flanagan rode the first treble of his career (Abraham (Shay Barry), Major Destination (Noel Meade) and Rashaan (Colin Kidd)) at Cork Racecourse on Friday, July 14th 2017.

A second Grade 1 success came his way when the Noel Meade-trained Road To Respect won the Leopardstown Christmas Chase on Thursday, December 28th, 2017 and Sean gained his first Grade 1 success in Britain when the Henry De Bromhead-trained Identity Thief won the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle at Aintree on Saturday, April 14, 2018. 

Sean rode his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival when partnering the Noel Meade-trained 80/1 chance Jeff Kidder to success in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle in 2021. It was the longest-priced winner at the Festival since Norton’s Coin landed the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 100/1. It was a sixth Festival winner for Meade. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2021/202220415201318€165,900€109,270€275,170
National Hunt 2020/202150860584951€609,000€436,210€1,045,210
National Hunt 2019/202045836595744€469,988€398,903€868,890
National Hunt 2018/201951159485154€758,013€425,938€1,183,950
National Hunt 2017/201851959515355€728,813€496,863€1,225,675
National Hunt 2016/201752746505149€603,031€395,213€998,244
National Hunt 2015/201640030404929€328,920€239,633€568,553
National Hunt 2014/201523213172721€95,200€68,700€163,900
National Hunt 2013/201411734413€21,000€27,755€48,755
National Hunt 2012/201314836712€19,425€22,045€41,470
National Hunt 2011/20129762410€45,500€17,190€62,690
National Hunt 2010/2011218462011€27,650€37,530€65,180
National Hunt 2009/201036120212230€245,935€106,724€352,659
National Hunt 2008/200941023252841€315,450€130,583€446,033
National Hunt 2007/200842219282523€364,910€172,425€537,335
National Hunt 2006/200710310419€104,510€24,920€129,430
Flat 201030000€0€0€0
Flat 200920010€0€680€680

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Cork 17/10/21 Abbey Magic HcpCh 2m 1f 160yds 9 11-10 145 H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Cork 17/10/21 An Marcach HcpHdl 2m 3f 11 11-8 89 Fermoy H'cap H'dle
Tramore 14/10/21 Ran Rite BegCh 2m 5f 150yds 4 12-0 Waterford Greenway Beginners S'chase €550
Tramore 14/10/21 Jj Nester HcpHdl 2m 9 11-3 85 Ardmore H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 13/10/21 My Mate Mozzie MdnHdl 2m 1 12-0 BetVictor Support Irish Racing M'dn Hdle €7,200
Punchestown 13/10/21 Scalor (FR) HcpHdl 2m 5 12-0 107 Welcome Back Racing H'cap H'dle €330
Gowran Park 01/10/21 Derrinlaur Bill Hdl 2m p.u. 10-11 BetVictor Pat Walsh Irish EBF (M) H'dle (Listed) Listed
Gowran Park 01/10/21 Sceptred Isle (GB) MdnHdl 2m 7 11-2 BetVictorJoe Bollard Memorial M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Gowran Park 01/10/21 Luke Short (GB) MdnHdl 2m 2 11-9 BetVictorJoe Bollard Memorial M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €2,400
Gowran Park 01/10/21 Alterno HcpHdl 2m 10 11-0 80 Watch Irish Racing On Racing TV Hcap Hdl
Clonmel 30/09/21 Double Windsor HcpHdl 3m 50yds 14 11-3 91 Clonmel H'cap H'dle
Clonmel 30/09/21 Pretty Little Liar HcpHdl 2m 3f 198yds 2 10-6 91 Clonmel (Mares) H'cap H'dle €2,200
Clonmel 30/09/21 Lopito (GB) HcpHdl 2m 3f 198yds 6 10-13 80 Clonmel H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €200
Clonmel 30/09/21 Old Town Road HcpHdl 2m 3f 198yds p.u. 11-10 88 Clonmel H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Clonmel 30/09/21 Ed The Red MdnHdl 2m 160yds 10 11-6 Kilmore M'dn H'dle
Roscommon 27/09/21 Secret Secret HcpHdl 1m 7f 89yds 10 11-8 96 Athlone H'cap H'dle
Roscommon 27/09/21 Captain Mc HcpHdl 3m 48yds 13 11-11 106 Roscommon On-Course Vets H'cap H'dle
Listowel 24/09/21 Walking The Walk HcpHdl 3m 7 11-11 90 Guinness H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Listowel 24/09/21 Popong HcpCh 2m 6f 7 11-6 134 Southampton Goodwill Plate H'cap S'chase
Listowel 24/09/21 My Oakclahome HcpCh 2m 4f 6 11-11 106 Paud Fitzmaurice Memorial H'cap S'chase €220

*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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