Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2nd, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

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

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 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 201927730322427€429,325€274,875€704,200
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
Curragh 23/08/19 Russian Dream Mdn 7f 7 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 23/08/19 Aera (GER) Hcp 1m 4f 8 9-3 78 Irish EBF Supporting ICW (Fillies) H'cap
Curragh 23/08/19 Sendmylovetoyou Mdn 6f 1 9-0 Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital M'dn
Curragh 23/08/19 Roman Turbo F 7f 4 9-3 100 Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2) Group 2
Curragh 23/08/19 Sinawann Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 23/08/19 Miacomet Hcp 6f 63yds 3 9-1 65 TRM Calphormin H'cap
Roscommon 19/08/19 All Body And Soul (GB) Hcp 1m 3f 212yds 12 9-4 60 Sean Cleary Memorial H'cap
Roscommon 19/08/19 Plum Perfect Mdn 7f 89yds 5 9-0 Murray Ambulance M'dn €375
Roscommon 19/08/19 Grace De Dieu Mdn 1m 2f 60yds 8 9-0 Londis Roscommon M'dn
Cork 17/08/19 Noirvento Hcp 6f 1 9-3 54 Matchbook Betting Exchange App H'cap €6,300
Cork 17/08/19 Beckwith Place Hcp 7f 8 9-13 83 Barry's Tea Supp Marymount Hospice H'cap
Cork 17/08/19 Black Magic Woman F 7f 2 8-13 95 Matchbook Straight Seven Platinum Stakes (Listed) Listed €9,500
Cork 17/08/19 Miacomet Hcp 5f 4 9-9 65 Pier 26 Supporting Marymount Hospice Hcp €550
Cork 17/08/19 Sonaiyla Hcp 7f 9 9-7 84 Matchbook Irish EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Cork 17/08/19 Mecklenburg Mdn 6f 7 9-5 Matchbook Irish EBF M'dn
Cork 17/08/19 Moteo F 1m 4f 4 9-9 99 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stk (Group 3) Group 3 €3,750
Tramore 17/08/19 Edification (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 1 10-2 79 Hibernian Hotel Tramore H'cap €7,500
Curragh 16/08/19 Strip Light Mdn 7f 26 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auct M'dn
Curragh 16/08/19 Spelga (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 18 8-11 52 Launch Of The Irish Derby On TG4 H'cap
Leopardstown 15/08/19 Ridenza Mdn 7f 30yds 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €10,500

*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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