Ballantyne takes step forward in training career

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Given he is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, Fremantle livewire Hayden Ballantyne is planning for life after footy.

Part of Ballantyne's future includes training racehorses, just as his father Graeme has done for much of his life.

Hayden only has a few horses in work, and on Wednesday at Ascot, he saddled up his first city runner – Mankind.

The gelding's owners include Ballantyne's Fremantle teammates Alex Pearce, Brandon Mater and Joel Hamling.

Ballantyne recently purchased the son of Denman from leviathan Western Australian owner-breeder Bob Peters.

The nicely-bred three-year-old is a half-brother to the well-performed Peters-bred runners Respondent (a Group 2 winner) and State Solicitor (a G3 winner).

With star local jockey William Pike in the saddle, Mankind ran an honest fourth, beaten just under two lengths.

__WATCH | Mankind (Red, white B in circle, B in circle on cap) runs fourth at Ascot in a 1000-metre Class 3: __

On his training career, Ballantyne recently told "Naturally, I just thought I'd get my trainer's licence to keep me occupied outside of footy.

"That'd be ideal, if I could get up in the morning and go train horses as a full-time job, that'd be unreal, that's the next best thing to playing footy, I would reckon.

"For now, it's just for a bit of fun and then we'll see what happens after footy.

"My theory is, you get out what you put in in everything in life; I've given everything I have to footy and still do, and then I'll give everything I've got to horseracing, and then the results will come, I'm sure."

The 169-game veteran, who is in his 11th season with the Dockers, has played just once for Fremantle in 2019, that being the Round 1 win against North Melbourne.