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 201938636473538€573,325€437,680€1,011,005
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Curragh 13/10/19 Compton's Finale (GB) Hcp 6f 13 9-5 66 Curragh Community Race Day H'cap
Curragh 13/10/19 Sendmylovetoyou Hcp 6f 4 8-9 78 Alan Kavanagh Family & Friends Supp. Hcp
Curragh 13/10/19 Slieve Bearnagh Mdn 6f 9 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 13/10/19 Independent Missy F 6f 6 9-0 86 Waterford Testimonial Stakes (Listed) Listed
Dundalk 11/10/19 Rule The Sea (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 8 9-3 53 CrownePlaza Leading Jockey&Trainer H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 11/10/19 Dinn Righ (USA) Mdn 7f 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (F) Med.Auc.Mdn
Dundalk 11/10/19 Airlift Mdn 7f 11 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF(C&G)Med.Auc.Mdn
Dundalk 11/10/19 Massif Central Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 10-1 101 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Red God' H'cap
Dundalk 11/10/19 Trading Point (FR) Hcp 1m 1 9-11 87 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package H'cap
Dundalk 11/10/19 Cache Queen Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-12 63 CrownePlaza Leading Jockey&Trainer H'cap (Div 1)
Thurles 10/10/19 Jazz Toes Mdn 2m 9 10-0 Horse & Jockey M'dn
Thurles 10/10/19 Hazran Mdn 1m 4 9-5 78 Racing Again October 24th M'dn €600
Thurles 10/10/19 Metal Man Hcp 1m 4f 50yds 8 9-9 64 Littleton H'cap
Navan 09/10/19 Overtake (GB) Mdn 5f 164yds 10 9-5 Arkle Bar Median Auction M'dn
Navan 09/10/19 Watchman Hcp 1m 2f 3 9-7 57 The Yellow Furze H'cap €1,000
Navan 09/10/19 Soldier's Folly Mdn 5f 11 9-5 Troytown Bar & Cafe M'dn
Navan 09/10/19 Whipped Cream Mdn 1m 9 9-0 Welcome To Navan Racecourse M'dn
Dundalk 04/10/19 Edification (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 2 10-0 84 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap €2,400
Dundalk 04/10/19 Sampers Seven F 5f 8 8-11 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race
Dundalk 04/10/19 Zaamar Mdn 7f 5 9-3 63 Dundalkstadium.com Claiming M'dn €360
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*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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