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 2020/202146359524548€543,000€403,960€946,960
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 09/04/21 Captain Mc MdnHdl 2m 4f 50yds 8 11-6 110 M & T Plant Hire M'dn H'dle
Wexford 09/04/21 Fauguernon (FR) HcpCh 2m 4f 6 10-5 111 Traynor's Of Wexford Nov H'cap Schase
Wexford 09/04/21 Toor Hawk MdnHdl 2m 4f 50yds 7 11-9 95 Slaney River (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Wexford 09/04/21 Getaway Queen HcpHdl 2m 1 11-6 87 Good Enuf To Eat Banqueting H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Valdieu (FR) HcpCh 3m 150yds p.u. 11-8 132 Fred Kenny Service To Racing Hcap Schase
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Sixshooter Hdl 2m 4f 3 11-5 147 The Underwriting Exchange H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €5,000
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Brace Yourself HcpCh 3m 5f 50yds 19 10-8 137 BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Red Gerry HcpHdl 2m 6f p.u. 11-4 129 Fairyhouse Steel H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Crassus HcpHdl 2m 11 10-12 121 Farmhouse Foods Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Jeff Kidder Hdl 2m 1 11-2 130 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €21,000
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Snow Falcon Ch 2m 4f 3 11-10 153 Devenish S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €8,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Young Jack Yates MdnHdl 2m 5 12-0 Ryan's Cleaning & Recycling M'dn H'dle €360
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Cedarwood Road NovCh 2m 4f fell 11-12 143 The Underwriting Exchange Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Jerandme HcpCh 2m 150yds 9 10-11 126 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 With A Start HcpHdl 2m 4f 10 11-6 119 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Decimation NovHdl 2m 4f 2 11-7 128 Colm Quinn BMW Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €7,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Master McShee (GB) NovHdl 2m 5 11-6 143 Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Nov. Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,050
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Abbey Magic Ch 2m 5f 4 10-13 140 Download The BoyleSports App (M) S'chase (Listed) Listed €1,125
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Lieutenant Command (FR) HcpHdl 3m 9 11-6 133 INH Stallion Owners EBF Nov. H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Mare Quimby MdnHdl 2m 4f 6 11-7 M'dn H'dle €240

*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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