Footage from a race showed the trotters making their way down the straight before getting the final lap underway when a shoe can be seen hurling through the air before landing on the track.
Thankfully the missile didn’t hit any of the horses or disrupt the race.
Shortly after the footage began to circulate, reports of the culprit filtered out with Palmer the man pined for throwing his shoe. Police were then called to the track, Gloucester Park, following the dangerous act.
“Unbelievably, someone has thrown a shoe onto the track,” the race caller said.
“Security please grab this man.”
Unbelievable scenes here at Gloucester park, Rhys Palmer has thrown his shoe in attempt to hit a runner mid race. As security picked him up he says "what have I done wrong" #speechless— Taj Evans (@tajevans1) March 15, 2019
Palmer won the 2008 NAB rising star and made a name for himself as a member of the Fremantle Dockers before joining the GWS Giants.
After being delisted by Carlton following the 2017 season, Palmer returned to Western Australia where he signed with the Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League.
The club struggled throughout the 2018 season finishing eighth on the ladder of nine teams and winning only six out of 18 games.
Palmer is now facing a potential life ban from racetracks after the ugly shoe throwing incident overnight.
“The first shoe just missed leaders and the second shoe landed among midfield runners,” Acting chief steward Rhys Chappell said.
“We’ve never seen anything like this.”
Winning driver Dylan Egerton-Green said it was a miracle the objects didn’t hit any of the other drivers or horses.
“It was shock to see the first shoe coming,” Egerton-Green said to the West Australian.
“The second one went between the legs of my drive.
“We were running fourth and on the outside at the time.
“It was miraculous that no horses faltered. Most of them are inexperienced pacers.”
2008 NAB rising star winner Rhys Palmer is likely to face a life ban from racetracks after he threw his shoes onto the track during Race 6 at Gloucester Park.— Nick Quinn (@Quinny_1) March 15, 2019
Fortunately, no horses or drivers were injured. pic.twitter.com/tn8wvXkute
Post Rhys Plamer throwing shoes at the trots at Gloucester park pic.twitter.com/kLDw3s6fsh— Callum Robson (@racrob95) March 15, 2019
The moment instantly brings to mind Austin Powers’ “who throws a shoe” proclamation and in ruthless fashion Palmer’s wikipedia page has already been updated with the dangerous act.
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