Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Opera House protest: Sydneysiders use torchlights to disrupt racing promotion

Opera House protest: Sydneysiders use torchlights to disrupt racing promotion

With 2GB breakfast host Alan Jones at the centre of the storm - for stridently advocating for the use of the Opera House to promote the Everest Horse Race and calling upon its CEO Louise Herron to be sacked - Goa has produced boards offering him free use of its "real billboards".

A time gap of several hours with potential for barrier draw information to be leaked caused Racing NSW to take the cautious step of suspending betting until after the polarising public event.

The original plan was to conduct the barrier draw live and simultaneously project it onto the facade of the Sydney Opera House tonight, but the racing body has brought the draw forward, with the results to be "held in confidence" until the six-minute projection.

"To avoid any perceived integrity risk, Racing NSW has determined that all betting on the 2018 The TAB Everest be suspended commencing at 12pm today (9 October 2018), until the final barriers have been publicly displayed this evening".

Hundreds of torchlights shone on the Sydney Opera House as protesters attempted to disrupt the controversial promotion of a multi-million dollar horse race on the icon's sails.

Protesters booed and chanted "turn it off" as the barrier draw results were revealed.

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Berejiklian said she was "incredibly comfortable" with her decision to intervene and allow horse racing adverting on the Opera House.

The government sparked outrage by overturning the decision of Opera House management, which had rejected the promotion of the race on the grounds that it breached its guidelines.

"The specific exemption for the Opera House says you can't do it if it's commercial", Mr Quint said.

"Call Alan" onto the Opera House for all to see.

Alan Jones' mobile is probably running hot this morning after those naughty wags at The Chaser projected his phone number onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House alongside the caption, "Advertise here".

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