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 202120019132012€205,200€92,555€297,755
Flat 202046828552943€339,900€512,800€852,700
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
Gowran Park 13/06/21 Dream Wisely (GB) Hcp 1m 12 9-1 50 Holden Plant Rentals H'cap (Div 1)
Gowran Park 13/06/21 Got The Moves Hcp 7f 6 9-13 74 Golf At Gowran Park H'cap
Gowran Park 13/06/21 Sindhia Hcp 7f 3 9-2 78 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Limerick 12/06/21 Dream Tale (GB) Hcp 1m 1 8-12 74 Limerick Racecourse H'cap
Limerick 12/06/21 Blue Shadow Hcp 1m 3f 110yds 5 10-2 77 Limerick Racecourse H'cap
Limerick 12/06/21 Marm Mdn 7f 13 8-13 Irish EBF Median Sires Series Mdn
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Ballybaun Star Hcp 1m 4f 10 9-4 53 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap (Div 2)
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Time And Money Hcp 1m 5f 110yds 7 9-13 73 Racing TV H'cap
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Faraah Hcp 6f 4 9-5 61 Summer Evenings @Fairyhouse H'cap
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Book Of Verse (USA) Mdn 1m 4f 10 9-7 Tattersalls Ireland M'dn
Fairyhouse 11/06/21 Independent Missy Hcp 6f 2 9-2 82 Follow Fairyhouse On Instagram H'cap
Leopardstown 10/06/21 Anyonecanhaveitall (GB) Hcp 1m 7f 10 9-10 64 Sandymount H'cap
Leopardstown 10/06/21 Surrounding F 6f 181yds 10 9-8 102 Ballycorus Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Leopardstown 10/06/21 Slieve Bearnagh Hcp 1m 1f 41yds 9 9-13 60 The Leopardstown H'cap
Cork 09/06/21 Roxette (GER) Hcp 5f 2 8-12 69 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (F) H'cap €2,800
Cork 09/06/21 Golden Days Hcp 7f 7 9-4 52 Fermoy Hcap (Div 1)
Cork 09/06/21 Laugh A Minute (GB) F 5f 7 10-0 105 Midsummer Sprint Stks (Listed) Listed
Cork 09/06/21 A Cool Case (GB) Mdn 6f 11 9-7 Mallow M'dn
Cork 09/06/21 Sondheim Hcp 7f 7 9-12 61 Fermoy Hcap (Div 2)
Cork 09/06/21 Pin Your Hopes Hcp 1m 4f 8 8-13 82 Cork Derby

*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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