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 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
Naas 23/03/20 Dumbledore (GB) Mdn 6f 15 9-7 Naas Nursery Of Champions M'dn
Naas 23/03/20 Sendmylovetoyou Hcp 6f 5 8-13 78 Naas Racecourse Launches 2020 Flat H'cap €510
Naas 23/03/20 Hamariyna F 1m 2 10-2 102 Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes (Group 3) Group 3 €15,500
Naas 23/03/20 Marketta Mdn 5f 7 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Dundalk 20/03/20 Lazy Susan Hcp 6f 9 9-3 58 Ladies Day Sunday 12th July H'cap
Dundalk 20/03/20 Global Pass (GB) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 5 9-2 51 H'cap €300
Dundalk 20/03/20 Strip Light F 1m 4 9-4 Love Your Mum Median Auction Race €750
Dundalk 13/03/20 Wufud (GB) Hcp 1m 10 10-0 80 Floodlit Fridays Continue At Dundalk Hcp
Dundalk 13/03/20 Lady De Vesci F 1m 2f 150yds 2 9-10 67 View Restaurant At Dundalk Claiming Race €2,000
Dundalk 13/03/20 Slade Runner Hcp 1m 6 9-0 60 Winter Series Awards Day 4th April H'cap €220
Dundalk 13/03/20 Global Pass (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 7 9-4 52 Craic At The Track This Weekend H'cap
Dundalk 13/03/20 Danz Gift Hcp 5f 1 9-1 57 Crowne Plaza Dundalk Race & Stay H'cap €6,600
Dundalk 13/03/20 Distant Mirage (GB) Hcp 7f 13 9-12 63 Love Your Mum At The Races H'cap
Dundalk 06/03/20 Plum Perfect Mdn 1m 1 9-2 65 Floodlit Fridays Continue At Dundalk Mdn €7,200
Dundalk 06/03/20 Kerandi Mdn 1m 1 9-5 Willie Buckley Memorial M'dn €7,200
Dundalk 28/02/20 Howling Wolf F 1m 7 9-3 89 Woodford Reserve Patton Stakes (Listed) Listed
Dundalk 28/02/20 Laugh A Minute (GB) F 7f 2 9-5 100 Floodlit Fridays At Dundalk Race €2,600
Dundalk 28/02/20 Rudrama Devi Hcp 7f 11 9-4 64 Winter Series Awards Day 4th April H'cap
Dundalk 21/02/20 Shawaf (GB) Hcp 1m 2 9-7 71 Crowne Plaza Dundalk Race & Stay H'cap €2,400
Dundalk 21/02/20 Politicise Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-7 78 H'cap €1,200

*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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