Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2nd, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

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

Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2012

Assoc. Trainers: John Oxx, 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. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
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 202034119372333€223,200€427,510€650,710
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
Listowel 22/09/20 Guanabara Bay Hcp 7f 4 8-10 45 Feale H'cap (Div 2)
Listowel 22/09/20 Zarzyni Hcp 7f 13 9-12 93 H'cap
Listowel 22/09/20 No Stopping Her Hcp 1m 6 9-3 86 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Too Hard To Hold Hcp 6f 1 9-10 59 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media H'cap (Div 2) €5,400
Fairyhouse 21/09/20 Linda's Grace Mdn 7f 14 9-2 Sands Of Mali @Ballyhane (Fillies) M'dn
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Quivive (GER) Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 12 9-2 2021 Golf Membership From 600 (F) M'dn
Gowran Park 19/09/20 Eye Of The Dragon Hcp 1m 7 9-9 57 MansionBet Beaten By A Head H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 18/09/20 Leabaland Hcp 1m 6 9-6 59 H'cap (Div 2) €180
Dundalk 18/09/20 Sienna Lady Hcp 1m 8 10-0 64 H'cap (Div 1)
Dundalk 18/09/20 Strip Light Mdn 1m 6 9-3 66 Floodlit Fridays Return Claiming M'dn €220
Dundalk 18/09/20 Sky Seven F 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-7 87 On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Race €1,350
Dundalk 18/09/20 Special Memento Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 4 9-4 58 Find Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Hcap €450
Dundalk 18/09/20 Arnhem Hcp 7f 3 10-2 70 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk H'cap €1,000
Naas 17/09/20 Molly Grue Mdn 7f 9 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 17/09/20 Ben Asker Mdn 7f 12 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. Mdn
Naas 17/09/20 Star Act Mdn 6f 14 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Naas 17/09/20 Rockin Jack Mdn 5f 10 8-13 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Cork 16/09/20 Caronda (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 8 8-12 45 Racing Again September 29th H'cap (Div 1)
Cork 16/09/20 Let Me Pass Mdn 1m 4 9-7 Watergrasshill Median Auction M'dn €550
Cork 16/09/20 Balmari Mdn 6f 1 9-7 76 Mallow M'dn €6,600

*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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