Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Betting suspended on The Everest horse race before Sydney Opera House show

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Rita Gibson | 09 October, 2018, 14:56

When the sails were lit up at 7.39pm, the crowd let out an enormous boo and screamed "shame on you", "our house not for sale" and "turn it off" during the 20-minute illumination.

The decisions by the regulating body follows public backlash over the NSW government's decision to allow the event to be advertised on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Thousands of protesters have been held back by police in front of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night as the draw for a horse race was projected onto the sails.

The forecourt and surrounding areas of the Opera House were packed with onlookers and people looking to make a stand against the use of the building to promote race colours, barrier draw numbers and The Everest Trophy for the lucrative event.

"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". He cut her off immediately as she attempted to explain the heritage listing of the Opera House and then said he would be calling the Premier.

"It's important for us to promote our major events (and) I believe the tomorrow evening strikes that right balance", Berejiklian said yesterday, adding that it "will be in good taste".

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Dejan Lovern has been handed his first Premier League start of the season, Trent Alexander Arnold is on the bench. Liverpool are outstanding at what they do but they can not rely on their high-tempo approach every single time.

Alan Jones has this morning apologised on his 2GB Breakfast show for comments he made in an interview with Opera House CEO Louise Herron last week.

The apology comes as the Change-org petition pushing support for Herron and for the Opera House to remain "billboard free" now has more than 235,000 signatures and was delivered to NSW state parliament this morning.

The projection is due to go live tonight at 8pm AEDT, but could be targeted by as many as 3,000 protesters.

More than 1,000 protesters have disrupted the Everest horse race illumination by painting over the light show with torches and lamps.

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