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 202140830373931€369,000€329,805€698,805
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 24/09/21 Havana Pearl Mdn 7f 9 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Listowel 23/09/21 Afternoonwithsusan Hcp 1m 6f 55yds 9 9-12 66 Treo Eile Retraining Racehorses H'cap
Listowel 23/09/21 Merlin Giant (FR) Mdn 1m 4f 3 10-0 Behans Horseshoe Bar, Restaurant M'dn
Listowel 23/09/21 Charlie's Yard (GB) Mdn 1m 10 9-7 MAC Fuels & General Supplies M'dn
Listowel 23/09/21 All In Peder (FR) Mdn 1m 13 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med. Auct. M'dn
Listowel 23/09/21 Cisco Disco Hcp 7f 9 9-12 79 Kevin McManus Bookmaker H'cap
Listowel 23/09/21 Rebellito (FR) Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-4 83 Listowel Printing Works H'cap
Listowel 23/09/21 Oneiroi Hcp 1m 1f 8 9-12 75 Tote Ireland H'cap
Listowel 21/09/21 Skontonovski (GB) Hcp 7f 10 10-2 57 The Rose Hotel H'cap (Div 1)
Listowel 21/09/21 Yokkell Mdn 7f 8 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Listowel 21/09/21 Finans Bay F 1m 1f 5 9-11 103 Edmund & Josie Whelan Mem. Listowel Stks (Listed) Listed €1,125
Listowel 21/09/21 Colleen's Prince Mdn 7f 9 9-7 Jet & Peggy O'Carroll Mem. (C&G) M'dn
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Nova Orchid Mdn 7f 7 9-2 70 Soldiers Call @Ballyhane (Fillies) M'dn
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Unconquerable Keen Hcp 6f 1 9-5 76 Tattersalls Yearling Sale Nursery H'cap €7,200
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Bonnyrigg Hcp 6f 4 9-4 77 Coast To Curragh Charity Cycle H'cap €1,050
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Faraah Hcp 6f 1 9-12 59 Flat Finale H'cap €6,000
Fairyhouse 20/09/21 Pin Your Hopes Hcp 1m 5f 110yds 4 9-13 79 Fairyhouse H'cap €575
Gowran Park 18/09/21 Silken Ladder Mdn 1m 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €465
Gowran Park 18/09/21 Haziya Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 7 9-2 75 Mdn
Gowran Park 18/09/21 Bright Glory Hcp 1m 8 10-0 64 Xenon Security H'cap (Div 1)

*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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