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 2019/202093142386€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 202013311181314€145,800€248,645€394,445
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
Cork 12/07/20 Pillar (GB) Hcp 6f 4 9-9 57 Cork H'cap €450
Cork 12/07/20 Equitant (GB) Hcp 1m 14 9-1 86 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Habitat' H'cap
Cork 12/07/20 Strip Light Mdn 1m 2f 8 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Cork 12/07/20 Silk Forest F 7f 4 9-10 106 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stks (Group 3) Group 3 €3,250
Cork 12/07/20 Mooneista F 5f 5 9-0 Coolmore Caravaggio Tipperary Stakes (Listed) Listed €1,200
Leopardstown 11/07/20 Spelga (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 8 9-10 69 Leopardstown H'cap (Div 1)
Leopardstown 11/07/20 Trais Fluors (GB) F 1m 1f 4 9-11 109 'Green Room' Meld Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €2,500
Leopardstown 11/07/20 Oneiroi Hcp 7f 30yds 4 9-12 71 Leopardstown H'cap €500
Leopardstown 11/07/20 Tirmizi (FR) Hcp 1m 4f 2 9-12 70 Leopardstown H'cap (Div 2) €2,000
Leopardstown 11/07/20 Katiymann Hcp 7f 30yds 7 9-6 85 Tattersalls September Yearling Sale Hcap
Curragh 10/07/20 Sendmylovetoyou Hcp 6f 2 9-2 78 Sporting Life Fast Results H'cap €3,100
Curragh 10/07/20 Shes Gold Hcp 1m 4f 10 8-11 46 Sky Bet H'cap (Div 1)
Curragh 10/07/20 Caronda (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 7 8-11 41 Sky Bet H'cap (Div 2)
Curragh 10/07/20 Finans Bay Mdn 1m 2 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €3,000
Curragh 10/07/20 Feminism Mdn 1m 11 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 10/07/20 Gateway To Heaven Mdn 6f 10 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran Park 08/07/20 Plum Perfect Hcp 1m 2 10-1 64 Supporting The Irish Jockeys Fund H'cap (Div 1) €1,800
Gowran Park 08/07/20 Balmari Mdn 7f 5 9-7 81 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) M'dn €420
Gowran Park 08/07/20 Musalsal Hcp 1m 1 9-9 57 Supporting The Irish Jockeys Fund H'cap (Div 2) €5,400
Gowran Park 08/07/20 Speedy Pix Mdn 1m 6 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €310

*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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