Crazy moment former AFL star hurls missile at horses during race

Former AFL player Rhys Palmer is reportedly facing a life ban from all racetracks around the country after allegedly throwing his shoes during a race at Gloucester Park in Perth.

Police were called on Friday night after two shoes was hurled onto the track during a harness race.

“Unbelievably, someone has thrown a shoe onto the track,” the race caller said.

“Security please grab this man.”

One of the shoes. Image: Twitter

Luckily, no drivers or horses were injured.

Police were reportedly seen grappling with Palmer after they arrived.


He is believed to have been at the track with a group of Swan Districts players.

The race was won by Patrickthepiranha, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, who spoke to The West Australian after the race.

“It was shock to see the first shoe coming,” Egerton-Green said.

“The second one went between the legs of my drive.

“We were running fourth and on the outside at the time.”



Acting chief steward Rhys Chappell said it was lucky no one was hurt.

“The first shoe just missed leaders and the second shoe landed among midfield runners,” Chappell said.

“We’ve never seen anything like this.”

Rhys Palmer in 2015. (Photo by Craig Golding/Getty Images)

Palmer played 132 games for Fremantle, GWS and Carlton, and won the 2008 Rising Star award.

He played his last AFL game in 2017.