Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Betting suspended on The Everest until barrier draw revealed

Betting suspended on The Everest until barrier draw revealed

The barrier draw was today held in confidence by Racing NSW stewards with the results kept private until they were beamed onto the Opera House sails. It should be noted that Herron was upholding the statute of the Opera House in doing so.

Controversy continues to plague The Everest horse race, with Racing NSW now suspending all bets on the event - billed as the "world's richest race on turf" - until this evening citing "security risks".

"Racing NSW has made the decision to conduct the draw prior to the event to circumvent any security risks that may exist".

It comes at a time when there has already been significant backlash after radio host Alan Jones stepped in to implore NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian to allow The Everest to beam images on the Opera House's iconic sails.

The Racing NSW promotion had been referred to the World Heritage body UNESCO, he added.

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Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich said on Tuesday he would move a motion in parliament to amend the Sydney Opera House Trust Act to "stop the culture of a minister picking up the phone on behalf of his mates in the racing industry and telling the Opera House what to do".

He also said he was not a bully and refuted accusations of misogyny. "Call Alan" onto the famous building.

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.

In the early hours of this morning, up went their ad on the Sydney Opera House sails stating 'Advertise Here - Call Alan (and his mobile number).

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