Franklin dreaming big after winning debut

Jasper Franklin is hoping to continue on his winning ways at Casino today and Coffs Harbour tomorrow.

Jasper Franklin got his riding career off to a dream start at Murwillumbah on Anzac Day when booting home Allares to victory in the 1550m Benchmark 45 Handicap.

It was the 18-year-old’s only ride to date, getting the job done for his master, Matthew Dunn, and he explained how he felt before and during the magical moment. 

“Going into the race, I was very confident knowing I was on the best horse in the race and my instructions where to lead,” Franklin said. 

“When the gates opened, I was third last in the race and that’s when I thought to myself “well it’s time to be a jockey Jasper” and I had to make a decision and go around them at the 600m.

“Then I hit the front and my confidence came back, but as I got closer to the line, I could feel her (Allares) weakening, so I was really getting desperate for the post, but she got the job done.”

The Grafton product was over the moon after the win, with two years of hard work finally paying off.

“The feeling after the race was amazing, knowing how much hard work goes into my daily routine, everything from working out to eating a certain amount of calories a day, it makes it all worth it when you’re riding winners,” Franklin said.

The Franklin name will be familiar to many racing fans, with the youngster being the son of Craig Franklin, a New Zealand born hoop who only retired from racing earlier this month. 

Jasper is looking forward to the future, which was the major motivator when initially linking up with the strong Dunn stable. 

“Dad was a jockey, so I was born into it, and I moved to Matt’s because he is the most successful country trainer in Australia and now, he has a Sydney stable as well and he is a great trainer and a lot of opportunities could present themselves while being with him,” Franklin said. 

The four-kilogram claiming apprentice was setting big goals, and one day envisioned riding in Sydney, explaining that he had already started to make the right connections. 

“I have always wanted to be a successful Sydney jockey like Tommy Berry or James McDonald, so that’s where I want to go in a couple of years,” Franklin said. 

“I’ve been down to Warwick Farm before and rode for Peter Moody and other trainers down there, so I have made a good impression already and I have ridden in trials at Randwick before for David Pfeiffer.”

Franklin was very appreciative of his opportunities to date, thanking those close to him for helping out during the early stages of his journey.

“I have to thank my family, who have helped me my entire journey, and Matt and Keira, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Franklin said. 

“I would probably still be in Grafton not doing anything, so without them I wouldn’t be a jockey today.”

Franklin has a busy two days, riding today at Casino today and Coffs Harbour tomorrow, and he hoped there would be more success on the horizon. 

“I’m confident with my rides over the weekend I believe everything will run a good race,” Franklin said.