Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

First winner: Seachtanach (Jim Bolger) Navan, June 5, 2009

Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2012

Assoc. Trainers: Michael Halford, Jim Bolger, Jarlath Fahey, Mick Channon

Significant horses (Selected): Skitter Scatter, Jennies Jewel, Opal Tiara, Divine, Custom Cut, Canary Row, The Tartan Spartan, Lady Wingshot, Clongowes, Moran Gra, Sea The Lion, Puncher Clynch, That's Plenty, Atasari, Cest Notre Gris, Morga. 

Follow him on Twitter: @WhelanRonan

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A native of Monasterevin in County Kildare, Ronan Whelan was a well-regarded graduate of the pony racing circuit, having ridden 95 winners and being crowned the leading pony rider in 2008. Whelan took his first ride on the racecourse at the age of 16 and rode his first winner on just his second ride on Jim Bolger's Seachtanach at Navan in June, 2009. He was the champion apprentice rider in 2012 with 41 winners. The Bolger-trained Lady Wingshot gave him his first listed success in the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown in November of that year and he won the Group 3 Gladness Stakes on George Kent's Custom Cut at the Curragh the following April. Mick Channon supplied Whelan with a second Group 3 success when Divine landed the Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh in April, 2016.

Ronan Whelan rode his first winner at Royal Ascot when he partnered Jennies Jewel to land the Ascot Stakes Handicap on June 15, 2016. Jennies Jewel is trained by Jarlath Fahey who was a neighbour of Whelan's growing up. In September, 2016, Jim Bolger revealed that he intends to make Whelan his stable jockey on the retirement of Kevin Manning. 

Ronan rode his first Group 1 winner when landing the Moyglare Stud Stakes on the Patrick Prendergast-trained Skitter Scatter on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh in September, 2018. 

Ronan has ridden the winners of four races at the same meeting on two occasions. He rode a four-timer for trainer Jim Bolger as a 3lbs claiming apprentice at Wexford on July 27, 2013 and repeated the feat at Dundalk on December 11, 2020 where he shared a treble with Michael Halford and rode another winner for trainer Richard O'Brien. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2020/202177105127€70,200€44,275€114,475
Winter All Weather 2019/202094142386€100,800€84,620€185,420
Winter All Weather 2018/20192810611€111,875€20,863€132,738
Winter All Weather 2017/2018495863€42,500€34,650€77,150
Winter All Weather 2016/2017736995€48,125€34,700€82,825
Winter All Weather 2015/201662101346€71,750€31,175€102,925
Winter All Weather 2014/20154441130€21,000€20,050€41,050
Winter All Weather 2013/2014154221€23,800€4,420€28,220
Winter All Weather 2012/2013478224€56,490€5,627€62,117
Winter All Weather 2011/2012542534€17,500€11,445€28,945
Flat 202046828552943€339,900€512,800€852,700
Flat 201944442493943€656,125€471,328€1,127,453
Flat 201842944234336€836,406€332,185€1,168,591
Flat 201739927304433€343,250€349,860€693,110
Flat 201636025243532€234,988€374,994€609,981
Flat 201522911202227€96,050€144,058€240,108
Flat 201425714162622€132,560€149,023€281,583
Flat 201327921362623€232,900€278,913€511,813
Flat 201225531273013€263,250€185,739€448,989
Flat 201122519191517€139,360€123,413€262,773
Flat 201011441099€28,350€36,115€64,465
Flat 2009613822€51,570€19,964€71,534

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Dundalk 05/03/21 Never Back Down F 6f 5 9-7 66 Hollywoodbets Racing Claiming Race
Dundalk 05/03/21 Cisco Disco Hcp 7f 10 9-8 66 Hollywoodbets Racing & Sports H'cap
Dundalk 26/02/21 Spelga (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-4 80 Willie Buckley Memorial H'cap €1,550
Dundalk 26/02/21 Faraway Dreams Mdn 7f 11 9-2 Irish Stallion EBF Median Auction M'dn (Div 2)
Dundalk 26/02/21 Stellar Spirit Mdn 7f 4 9-7 Irish Stallion EBF Median Auction M'dn (Div 1) €750
Dundalk 26/02/21 Godhead (GB) F 7f 3 9-10 93 HOLLYWOODBETS HORSE RACING Race €1,200
Dundalk 26/02/21 Eglish (GB) Hcp 6f 4 9-13 72 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium H'cap €500
Dundalk 12/02/21 Battle Of Benburb Mdn 1m 4f 4 9-9 76 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk M'dn €550
Dundalk 12/02/21 Eloso F 7f 3 9-3 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Race €1,350
Dundalk 05/02/21 Anyonecanhaveitall (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 6 9-1 72 HOLLYWOODBETS HORSE RACING H'cap €220
Dundalk 05/02/21 Miracles In May Hcp 1m 7 9-11 65 H'cap
Dundalk 05/02/21 Faraway Dreams Mdn 1m 7 9-2 Join Us Instagram @dundalk_stadium M'dn
Dundalk 05/02/21 Sienna Lady Mdn 1m 1 9-4 68 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk (Fillies) Mdn €6,600
Dundalk 05/02/21 Independent Missy Hcp 5f 5 9-12 83 Winter Series Awards At Dundalk H'cap €330
Dundalk 18/12/20 Plum Perfect Hcp 7f 10 9-6 65 PUNTERS.HOLLYWOODBETS.COM H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 18/12/20 Livingston Range F 5f 2 9-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €3,700
Dundalk 18/12/20 Katiymann Hcp 7f 2 9-13 69 PUNTERS.HOLLYWOODBETS.COM H'cap (Div 2) €2,000
Dundalk 18/12/20 Comin' Through (AUS) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 7 9-4 90 Happy Christmas From All At Dundalk Hcap
Dundalk 18/12/20 Clatter Bang Mdn 7f 10 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 18/12/20 One Cool Choice Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 13 9-3 54 Racing Returns 8th January 2021 H'cap

*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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