Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

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

First Group winner: Custom Cut (George Kent) Group 3 Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes, April 7, 2013

First Group 1 winner: Skitter Scatter (Patrick Prendergast) Moyglare Stud Stakes, Curragh, September 16, 2018

Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2012

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

Significant horses (Selected): A Case Of You, 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 announced 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. The Ado McGuinness-trained A Case Of You gave Whelan as second success at the top-level when winning the Prix de l'Abbaye at ParisLongchamp in October 2021. 

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 2021/2022295511€38,100€17,090€55,190
Winter All Weather 2020/202190116148€78,300€49,475€127,775
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 202150438424243€497,700€366,150€863,850
Flat 202046828552943€339,900€513,000€852,900
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 17/12/21 Skontonovski (GB) Hcp 7f 2 9-9 68 BetVictor Proud To Supp Irish Racing Hcp (Div 2) €2,200
Dundalk 17/12/21 Gold Wing (GB) Hcp 7f 12 9-8 67 BetVictor Proud To Supp Irish Racing Hcp (Div 1)
Dundalk 17/12/21 Urban Oasis Mdn 7f 13 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 17/12/21 Turn On The Jets F 5f 1 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €11,100
Dundalk 15/12/21 Elzaamsan Mdn 1m 4f 2 9-7 Crowne Plaza Hotel M'dn €2,400
Dundalk 15/12/21 Wychwood Whisper Hcp 1m 6 9-7 57 View Restaurant At Dundalk H'cap (Div 1) €200
Dundalk 10/12/21 Havana Pearl Mdn 7f 3 9-3 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (F) M'dn (Div 2) €2,500
Dundalk 10/12/21 Arcanears Hcp 6f 4 9-9 87 BetVictor Casino H'cap €1,050
Dundalk 10/12/21 Distant Dawn Mdn 7f 9 9-7 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium M'dn
Dundalk 10/12/21 Skontonovski (GB) Hcp 6f 13 9-12 70 View Restaurant At Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 08/12/21 Wychwood Whisper Hcp 1m 2 9-9 55 Find Us On Facebook @dundalkstadium Hcap (Div 1) €2,000
Dundalk 08/12/21 Indigo Desert (GB) Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-7 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk M'dn €7,200
Dundalk 08/12/21 Golden Sandbanks (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 11 9-9 63 H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 01/12/21 Noirvento Hcp 6f 13 10-0 62 Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor H'cap
Dundalk 01/12/21 Bright Glory Hcp 1m 11 9-8 61 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium H'cap
Dundalk 26/11/21 Je T'ai Porte Mdn 1m 1 9-2 (Fillies) M'dn €7,200
Dundalk 26/11/21 Sendmylovetoyou Hcp 6f 9 9-4 80 Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey H'cap
Dundalk 26/11/21 Chaos Control Hcp 1m 1 9-8 71 Join Us On Instagram Nursery H'cap €6,600
Dundalk 26/11/21 Antwasaprettypenny Mdn 6f 8 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 24/11/21 Rosie Rock Hcp 7f 7 10-0 61 Dundalk Stadium Gift Vouchers H'cap (Div 2)

*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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