A FORMER Australian Football League player is facing a life ban from racetracks following a disturbing incident at Gloucester Park last night.
As the field approached the bell in the APG Sales Classic, shoes were hurled at the runners with broadcaster Richard Bell asking for “security please grab this man” during his call.
One of the shoes just missed reinsman Colin Brown’s face as he was driving Its Rock And Roll, which was racing in the ‘death seat’.
The second shoe landed under the legs of eventually winner, Patrickthepiranha, which was travelling in the one-one.
Staff quickly apprehended the culprit who has been identified as 2008 AFL Rising Star award winner, Rhys Palmer.
Video footage of Palmer resisting staff while waiting for Police to arrive has surfaced on social media.
Senior steward Rhys Chappell, who was adjudicating the meeting, stated is was only luck which prevented a disaster.
“The first shoe just missed leaders and the second shoe landed among midfield runners,” Chappell said. “We’ve never seen anything like this.”