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

Did you know:

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 *
Winter All Weather 2021/202211000€6,600€0€6,600
National Hunt 2021/202227021332221€315,700€183,200€498,900
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
Down Royal 25/01/22 Ujumpthelastuwin (GB) NovCh 2m 50yds fell 11-13 124 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Nov. S'ch
Down Royal 25/01/22 Routine Excellence HcpCh 2m 4f 8 11-12 88 Molson Coors H'cap S'chase
Thurles 23/01/22 Pinkerton MdnHdl 1m 7f 101yds 1 12-0 Red Mills Irish EBF Auction M'dn H'dle
Thurles 23/01/22 Majestic Maid NovCh 2m 4f 63yds p.u. 11-2 111 Coolmore NH Sires EBF (M) Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2
Thurles 23/01/22 Sean Says HcpCh 2m 5f 144yds 6 10-5 109 BetVictor H'cap S'chase
Thurles 23/01/22 Idas Boy NovHdl 2m 7f 2 11-7 BetVictor W.T.O'Grady Mem EBF Nov H'dle
Navan 22/01/22 Joshua Webb BegCh 3m 4 12-0 Wilkinstown Beginners S'chase
Navan 22/01/22 Routine Excellence HcpCh 3m 1 11-0 88 Gormanlough H'cap S'chase
Navan 22/01/22 Hascoeur Clermont (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 12 12-0 Graigs Lane M'dn Hdle (Div 1)
Navan 22/01/22 Deux Par Deux (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 12 11-11 106 Ardmulchan H'cap H'dle
Navan 22/01/22 Un Des Flos (FR) NovHdl 2m 5 10-13 Dunmoe Rated Novice H'dle
Punchestown 17/01/22 Queenie Newall (FR) MdnHdl 2m 11 11-2 Hollywoodbets Bet 10 Get 20 M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 17/01/22 Hgranca De Thaix (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 130yds 3 11-12 106 Hollywoodbets Daily Boost Novice Hcp Hdl
Punchestown 17/01/22 Salmanino (FR) HcpHdl 3m 40yds 1 11-11 99 Hollywoodbets Now Streaming H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 16/01/22 Saucy Yeats HcpHdl 2m 4f 200yds u.r. 10-9 95 Punchestown Gift Vouchers (M) H'cap Hdle
Punchestown 16/01/22 Killer Mode MdnHdl 2m 3 12-0 20% Off Festival Tickets M'dn H'dle (Div 1)
Punchestown 16/01/22 Fourgenerations MdnHdl 2m 19 11-7 20% Off Festival Tickets M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Punchestown 16/01/22 She's Commanche BegCh 2m 6f 40yds 4 11-7 Sporting Life Beginners S'chase
Punchestown 16/01/22 Lieutenant Command (FR) NovCh 2m 4f 37yds 6 11-3 Kildare Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3
Fairyhouse 15/01/22 Clarabello (FR) HcpCh 2m 5f 9 11-0 102 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Hcap S'chase

*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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