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 2022/202317212131313€133,800€99,080€232,880
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
Listowel 24/09/22 Jakie Mac HcpHdl 2m 4f 2 11-9 97 Kathleen Walsh Memorial H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Listowel 24/09/22 Alvaro (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f 4 10-3 114 M.J. Carroll ARRO H'cap H'dle
Listowel 24/09/22 Cloudy Fountain MdnHdl 2m 11 11-0 John Lynch Memorial M'dn H'dle
Listowel 23/09/22 Creggsman HcpHdl 3m 13 11-3 84 Guinness H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Listowel 23/09/22 Snugsborough Benny HcpCh 2m 6f 7 11-0 125 Southampton Goodwill Plate H'cap S'chase
Listowel 18/09/22 Pepsiwithacap Hdl 2m 7 10-7 Kerry Group 3-Y-O H'dle
Listowel 18/09/22 Glenstan MdnHdl 3m 8 11-5 Dairygold M'dn H'dle
Navan 17/09/22 Ferdinand Star (GB) MdnHdl 2m 4f 9 11-12 Bar One Racing Bet On Mobile M'dn H'dle
Navan 17/09/22 Quirt Evans Hdl 2m 5f 150yds 4 11-10 132 Bar One Racing Quick Deposit H'dle €700
Downpatrick 16/09/22 Scalor (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 165yds 8 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners S'ch
Downpatrick 16/09/22 Roman Parish MdnHdl 2m 2f 165yds 6 11-2 92 Downpatrick Autumn M'dn H'dle €200
Downpatrick 16/09/22 Out By Eleven HcpHdl 2m 1f 165yds p.u. 11-8 88 M B McGrady & Co. Accountants H'cap Hdle
Downpatrick 16/09/22 Ciankyle HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds 8 11-2 97 C R H'cap H'dle
Sligo 14/09/22 Wee Small Hours HcpCh 3m 1f 150yds 7 10-10 77 Riverstown H'cap S'chase
Sligo 14/09/22 Golden Sandbanks (GB) HcpCh 2m 1f 55yds 1 10-11 99 Leo McMorrow Memorial Novice Hcap Schase €6,600
Sligo 14/09/22 Pepperocco BegCh 2m 1f 55yds 5 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Mares) Beg.Sch €420
Galway 05/09/22 Miala Araya HcpHdl 2m 6f 110yds p.u. 11-3 84 The Galway H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Galway 05/09/22 Bynx MdnHdl 2m 130yds 6 11-3 108 Kenny Developments M'dn H'dle €260
Galway 05/09/22 Sweet Will HcpHdl 2m 6f 110yds 2 11-12 93 The Galway H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €2,000
Galway 05/09/22 Sit Down Lucy BegCh 2m 2f 110yds 1 11-5 Galway City Beginners S'chase €7,500

*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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