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Ex-AFL star facing life ban from horse racing

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 16/03/2019 WWOS

Rhys Palmer holding a ball: Palmer's 123-game career came to an end in 2017 after stints at Fremantle, GWS and Carlton © AAP Palmer's 123-game career came to an end in 2017 after stints at Fremantle, GWS and Carlton Former AFL star Rhys Palmer is facing a life ban from racetracks after allegedly throwing his shoes at the field during a horse race in Perth on Friday night.

Footage from the feature-event held at Gloucester Park showed two shoes fly between runners in the $50,000 3YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic, with the trotters narrowly avoiding disaster.

Security stuff on hand at the event immediately rushed in and grappled with the 2008 NAB Rising Star winner, who could be seen in a video barefoot.

Acting chief steward Rhys Chappell told The West Australian that the outcome could have been far more dire had the shoe connected.

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

"We've never seen anything like this."

The race was eventually taken out by Patrickthepiranha, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green who said he was shocked to see the shoes appear mid-air while on the track.

"It was a 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.

"It was miraculous that no horses faltered. Most of them are inexperienced pacers."

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