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 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
Dundalk 24/01/20 Miss Snossyboots F 1m 4f 3 10-1 80 Rated Race
Dundalk 24/01/20 Comradery Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Fundraise At Dundalk Stadium M'dn
Dundalk 24/01/20 Rippling Waters (FR) Hcp 7f 7 9-10 60 Valentine's Weekend Special Dundalk Hcap
Dundalk 24/01/20 Varna Gold Hcp 1m 9 9-7 71 View Restaurant January Special H'cap
Dundalk 17/01/20 La Derniere Fois Hcp 1m 8 9-4 68 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap
Dundalk 17/01/20 Orchid Gardens Mdn 7f 2 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €3,000
Dundalk 17/01/20 Arcanears Hcp 6f 1 9-11 79 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay H'cap €7,200
Dundalk 17/01/20 Gougane Barra (USA) Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 2 9-0 68 H'cap €2,400
Dundalk 17/01/20 Goodwood Showman (GB) Hcp 1m 6 9-13 64 Fundraise At Dundalk Stadium H'cap (Div 1) €100
Dundalk 10/01/20 Lapilli (GB) Hcp 5f 1 9-7 58 View Restaurant January Special H'cap €6,000
Dundalk 10/01/20 Bowerman (GB) F 1m 1 9-2 101 Bet On The Best Night At Dundalk Race €7,800
Dundalk 10/01/20 Miss Snossyboots Hcp 2m 3 9-2 80 Fundraise At Dundalk Stadium H'cap €1,700
Dundalk 10/01/20 Cappadocia Hcp 7f 7 9-10 61 Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk H'cap (Div 2)
Dundalk 10/01/20 Sir Godzilla Mdn 1m 14 9-5 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay M'dn
Dundalk 03/01/20 Mecklenburg Mdn 6f 1 9-5 Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk M'dn €7,200
Dundalk 03/01/20 Miss Snossyboots Hcp 1m 4f 2 9-0 80 Bet On The Best Night Out H'cap €3,400
Dundalk 03/01/20 Highly Approved F 7f 10 9-5 75 Fundraise At Dundalk Stadium Rated Race
Dundalk 20/12/19 Life And Strife F 5f 5 9-2 54 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race €600
Dundalk 20/12/19 Balmari Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn (Div 2) €3,000
Dundalk 20/12/19 Hieroglyphic (GB) Mdn 7f 1 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn (Div 1) €9,000

*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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