Ronan Whelan

Date of Birth: November 2, 1992

County of origin: Kildare

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

First Group winner: Custom Cut (George Kent) Group 3 Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes, April 7, 2013

First Group 1 winner: Skitter Scatter (Patrick Prendergast) Moyglare Stud Stakes, Curragh, September 16, 2018

Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2012

Assoc. Trainers: Michael Halford, Jim Bolger, Jarlath Fahey, Mick Channon, Ado McGuinness

Significant horses (Selected): A Case Of You, 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 announced 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. The Ado McGuinness-trained A Case Of You gave Whelan as second success at the top-level when winning the Prix de l'Abbaye at ParisLongchamp in October 2021. 

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 2021/20225491133€69,600€37,010€106,610
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 202242629314042€315,600€465,593€781,193
Flat 202150438424243€497,700€366,150€863,850
Flat 202046828552943€339,900€513,000€852,900
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
Dundalk 02/12/22 Pierre Lapin Hcp 1m 2 8-11 88 William Hill Pick Your Places H'cap €4,400
Dundalk 02/12/22 Kalikapour Mdn 1m 1 9-7 William Hill Lengthen Your Odds M'dn €7,500
Dundalk 02/12/22 Ceallach Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-1 85 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap €13,200
Dundalk 02/12/22 Kampala Beach Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 3 9-3 53 H'cap (Div 2) €1,000
Dundalk 30/11/22 Dromantine Mdn 7f 8 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction M'dn
Dundalk 30/11/22 Zileo (GB) Hcp 1m 4f 12 10-1 69 View Restaurant At Dundalk Stadium H'cap
Dundalk 25/11/22 Is That Love Hcp 6f 7 8-13 73 Graeme Woods Memorial H'cap
Dundalk 25/11/22 Maggie McGrath Mdn 6f 7 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Dundalk 25/11/22 Lisieux F 7f 6 9-6 71 William Hill Pick Places Claiming Race €210
Dundalk 25/11/22 My Joker Hcp 5f 13 8-13 44 William Hill Pick Your Places H'cap
Dundalk 23/11/22 Skontonovski (GB) F 1m 7 10-2 70 On Twitter @DundalkStadium Claiming Race
Dundalk 23/11/22 Doctor Grace Hcp 7f 2 9-2 54 Nursery H'cap €2,000
Dundalk 23/11/22 Dabirann Mdn 7f 4 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €750
Dundalk 23/11/22 Alphonse Le Grande Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-11 63 Book Online At H'cap (Div 1) €6,000
Dundalk 23/11/22 White Strand Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 11 9-9 61 Book Online At H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 16/11/22 White Strand Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 7 9-9 63 Now Racing Every Wednesday H'cap
Dundalk 16/11/22 Elegant Lass Hcp 2m 13 8-13 38 H'cap
Dundalk 16/11/22 Jazz Forever Mdn 7f 11 9-2 View Restaurant Median Auction M'dn
Dundalk 16/11/22 Kampala Beach Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 1 8-10 45 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk H'cap (Div 1) €6,000
Dundalk 16/11/22 Joyous Moment Hcp 6f 12 9-7 59 DKITSU Race Night H'cap

*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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