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 *
National Hunt 2021/202214512131012€104,700€77,615€182,315
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Galway 30/07/21 More Than A Prince (GB) MdnHdl 2m 150yds fell 11-10 James's Gate M'dn H'dle
Galway 29/07/21 Jesse Evans HcpHdl 2m 11yds 4 10-8 139 Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap (Grade A) Grade A €12,500
Galway 29/07/21 Western Run BegCh 2m 6f 111yds 2 12-0 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beg. S'chase €2,500
Galway 29/07/21 Enniskerry NovHdl 2m 4f 156yds 2 11-11 126 Guinness Novice H'dle €4,000
Galway 29/07/21 Hgranca De Thaix (FR) HcpHdl 2m 11yds 7 11-5 104 Arthur Guinness H'cap H'dle
Galway 29/07/21 Creative Dancer NovHdl 2m 11yds 12 11-2 Guinness Novice H'dle
Galway 29/07/21 Mindsmadeup HcpHdl 3m 3 11-3 116 Guinness 0.0% H'cap H'dle €1,450
Galway 28/07/21 Abbey Magic HcpCh 2m 2f 54yds 1 11-9 139 Tote Sponsor Of The Galway Races Hcp Sch €18,000
Galway 28/07/21 Flora Brown MdnHdl 2m 5f 11yds 13 11-7 Tote+ At tote.ie Galway Races M'dn H'dle
Galway 28/07/21 Perry Owens HcpHdl 2m 5f 11yds 5 10-7 111 Biggest Dividends At tote.ie H'cap H'dle €435
Galway 28/07/21 Snow Falcon HcpCh 2m 6f 111yds 9 10-10 144 The Tote Galway Plate (H'cap S'chase) (Grade A) Grade A
Limerick 22/07/21 Howsthewoman HcpHdl 2m 5 11-7 88 Knocklong H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €300
Limerick 22/07/21 Elderado HcpHdl 2m 4f 8 11-6 100 Bruff H'cap H'dle
Limerick 22/07/21 Roman Dylan MdnHdl 2m 4f 12 12-0 89 Crecora (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Limerick 22/07/21 Balgowlah HcpHdl 3m 7 10-7 86 Garryspillane Hcp Hdl
Ballinrobe 20/07/21 Cullaghs Star MdnHdl 2m 1f 95yds 2 11-6 106 Corrigan's Ballintubber Stores Mdn Hdle €2,000
Ballinrobe 20/07/21 Shantou Warrior HcpHdl 2m 1f 95yds 3 11-3 97 West Tyre Ballinrobe H'cap H'dle €1,100
Ballinrobe 20/07/21 Aboutagout MdnHdl 2m 1f 95yds 3 11-6 109 Mayo News M'dn H'dle €1,000
Ballinrobe 20/07/21 Bigly HcpHdl 2m 5f 122yds 12 11-8 86 Sweeney Oil H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Tipperary 18/07/21 The Cathal Don BegCh 2m 120yds 1 12-0 Tipperary Racecourse Beginners S'chase €6,600
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*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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