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. 

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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. 

Flanagan became a freelance jockey once again when his partnership with Noel Meade came to an end in May, 2022. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2021/202211000€6,600€0€6,600
National Hunt 2022/202332925252930€248,200€202,120€450,320
National Hunt 2021/202240633413741€494,200€267,170€761,370
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
Wexford 31/05/23 Cask Mate Hdl 2m 1f 100yds 3 12-0 130 Wexford Racecourse Rated H'dle
Wexford 31/05/23 Powerful Blue HcpHdl 2m 1f 100yds 6 10-13 80 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Wexford 31/05/23 Joyeux Machin (FR) Hdl 3m 1 11-5 132 Support The Irish Injured Jockeys H'dle
Wexford 31/05/23 Twoplustwo Equals HcpHdl 3m 7 11-6 94 Country Fest Wexford Aug 13 H'cap H'dle
Wexford 31/05/23 High City Roller MdnHdl 2m 4f 2 11-12 115 Wexford Racecourse M'dn H'dle
Wexford 31/05/23 O Faolains Lass HcpHdl 2m 1f 100yds p.u. 11-2 83 BoyleSports H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 First Dare HcpHdl 2m 40yds 4 10-7 102 Monroes John Monroe Memorial (M) Hcp Hdl
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 Sherodan MdnHdl 2m 40yds 2 11-12 Sheridan Electric M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 She's Commanche HcpHdl 2m 6f 13yds 13 11-9 90 FBD H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 Ashqar HcpHdl 2m 40yds 15 11-0 95 Portwest H'cap H'dle
Ballinrobe 30/05/23 Ciankyle HcpHdl 2m 6f 13yds 2 11-6 87 FBD H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Ballinrobe 29/05/23 Cusp Of Carabelli HcpCh 2m 3f 100yds 7 10-8 112 McHale F5000 Range Veterans Hcap S'chase
Ballinrobe 29/05/23 Seriously Ava MdnHdl 2m 6f 92yds p.u. 10-11 McHale Fusion 4 Range M'dn H'dle
Ballinrobe 29/05/23 Too Bright BegCh 2m 1f fell 11-12 McHale Tiger Roll Beginners S'chase
Ballinrobe 29/05/23 Ambitious Fellow HcpHdl 2m 6f 92yds 11 11-6 133 McHale Mayo H'cap H'dle
Limerick 26/05/23 Reflectionist (FR) HcpHdl 2m 3f 1 11-11 85 Regeneron Ireland H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €6,300
Limerick 26/05/23 Roman Parish HcpHdl 2m 3f p.u. 11-11 92 Regeneron Ireland H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Limerick 26/05/23 Cloudy Fountain HcpHdl 2m 3f 4 10-6 86 The Regeneron 'Science To Medicine' H'ca €575
Limerick 26/05/23 Cryptos Dream MdnHdl 2m 3f p.u. 11-1 Regeneron (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Limerick 26/05/23 Elegant Dan HcpHdl 2m 6f 12 11-3 91 FEXCO Asset Finance H'cap H'dle

*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).