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 2022/202323016192418€158,500€136,945€295,445
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
Punchestown 30/01/23 Deux Par Deux (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 70yds 8 11-11 92 The Bar One Racing Mobile App H'cap Hdle
Punchestown 30/01/23 Pepsiwithacap HcpHdl 2m 9 10-7 97 Bar One Racing Price Boosts H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 30/01/23 Valhalla's Dream MdnHdl 2m 22 11-12 Bar One Racing Best Odds M'dn H'dle
Naas 29/01/23 Gold Speed HcpHdl 1m 7f 151yds 5 11-8 119 Naas Cleanest Town In Ireland H'cap Hdle €435
Fairyhouse 28/01/23 Shanroe Act MdnHdl 2m 18 11-12 Rich History & Well Chosen M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 28/01/23 Soldaro MdnHdl 2m 4f 93yds 4 11-5 Book Tickets @ M'dn H'dle €600
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Fakiera (FR) HcpCh 3m 1f 11 10-7 132 Goffs Thyestes H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 On My Bike MdnHdl 2m 9 11-4 Easter Festival Early Bird M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Dragon's Pass HcpHdl 2m 3f 110yds 1 11-5 86 Jump Into January @ fairyhouse Hcap Hdle €4,000
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Ciao Bella (FR) HcpCh 2m 5f 4 11-5 106 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Hcap S'chase €550
Thurles 22/01/23 Cusp Of Carabelli HcpCh 2m 5f 162yds p.u. 10-13 116 H'cap S'chase
Navan 21/01/23 Huit Reflets (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 13 10-10 91 Ardmulchan H'cap H'dle
Thurles 20/10/22 Early Arrival HcpCh 2m 4f 151yds 3 10-13 87 H'cap S'chase €1,000
Thurles 20/10/22 Joan Of Pimlico HcpHdl 2m 7f fell 10-11 83 Premier County (Mares) H'cap H'dle
Thurles 20/10/22 Pachmena MdnHdl 1m 7f 149yds 3 11-7 Thurles (Mares) M'dn H'dle €1,000
Thurles 20/10/22 Red As Rust BegCh 2m 4f 151yds 3 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(Mares)Beg. S'ch €1,400
Cork 16/10/22 Powerful Blue HcpHdl 2m 3f 16 10-13 80 Fermoy H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Cork 16/10/22 Gua Du Large (FR) BegCh 2m 4f 2 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg S'chase €2,900
Cork 16/10/22 Golden Sandbanks (GB) NovCh 2m 1f 140yds 2 11-12 109 Follow Us On Social Rated Novice S'chase €2,200
Tramore 13/10/22 Kilbunny Pontic MdnHdl 2m 4f 73yds 1 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €7,800

*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).