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 2020/202190116148€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 2021353320€19,200€13,120€32,320
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 10/04/21 Never Mistabeat Hcp 1m 4f 7 9-12 72 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk H'cap
Dundalk 10/04/21 Bayou Belle Mdn 5f 8 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 10/04/21 Maar Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-2 (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 10/04/21 Sense Of Worth Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 10-2 64 Follow Us On Social Media H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 10/04/21 Dandyville Mdn 7f 5 9-7 M'dn
Gowran Park 08/04/21 Faraway Dreams Mdn 1m 16 9-2 Irish Stall. Farms EBF Med. Auc. (F) Mdn
Gowran Park 08/04/21 Allez Barza (FR) F 1m 6 9-6 87 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €370
Gowran Park 08/04/21 Fake Plastic Trees Mdn 1m 11 9-7 Irish Stall. Farms EBF Med Auc (C&G) Mdn
Gowran Park 07/04/21 Mary Salome Hcp 7f 10 10-2 70 Download The Boylesports App H'cap
Gowran Park 07/04/21 Dark Matter Mdn 7f 14 9-7 Gowran Park Golf Club M'dn
Gowran Park 07/04/21 Shedini Mdn 1m 1f 130yds 15 9-9 Racing Again Tomorrow M'dn
Gowran Park 07/04/21 Eye Of The Dragon Hcp 1m 1f 130yds 16 9-9 55 Thanks To All Our Sponsors H'cap
Gowran Park 07/04/21 Sindhia Hcp 7f 8 9-1 80 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Gowran Park 07/04/21 Vera Verto Mdn 1m 1f 130yds 1 9-2 (Fillies) M'dn €7,200
Cork 03/04/21 Mooneista Hcp 5f 2 9-8 89 Cork Racecourse H'cap €3,100
Cork 03/04/21 Roxette (GER) Hcp 7f 1 10-2 65 H'cap (Div 1) €6,000
Cork 03/04/21 Sendmylovetoyou F 6f 10 9-4 90 Sean Barrett Bloodstock Stakes (Listed) Listed
Dundalk 31/03/21 Ebasari Mdn 1m 7 9-7 Join On Instagram @dundalk_stadium M'dn
Dundalk 31/03/21 Chavajod (GB) Mdn 7f 6 9-7 I.S.F. EBF Median Auction M'dn €300
Dundalk 31/03/21 Praying Mantis Hcp 7f 8 8-11 45 Find Us On Facebook @dundalkstium 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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