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Fremantle players enjoy big win ahead of Power test


Fremantle veteran Hayden Ballantyne and a number of his Dockers teammates had cause to celebrate on Wednesday afternoon, with three-year-old Mankind saluting in style at Belmont.

The gelding, which is part-owned by Alex Pearce, Brandon Matera, Joel Hamling and Aaron Sandilands, handed Ballantyne his first city winner as a trainer.

Mankind was smashed in betting ($11 into $3.40 favourite) and hopefully the Fremantle players had a bit of their hard-earned on.

"The heart's still racing. All the boys are pretty excited and it's fantastic to get the result," Ballantyne told Racing and Wagering Western Australia post-race.

"It's a bit different (to football). It's a bit more intense."

Ballantyne, 31, only has a few horses in work but hopes to get more serious about training once he retires. His father Graeme has enjoyed great success as a trainer in Western Australia.

Mankind is smartly bred, being a half-brother to the well-performed Respondent (a Group 2 winner) and State Solicitor (a G3 winner). Ballantyne recently purchased the son of Denman from leviathan owner-breeder Bob Peters.

Fremantle is currently ninth on the ladder and will welcome Port Adelaide to Optus Stadium for a Round 13 clash on Saturday afternoon.

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