Racing NSW Has Suspended Everest Bets Until This Evening

Racing NSW Has Suspended Everest Bets Until This Evening

Racing NSW Has Suspended Everest Bets Until This Evening

Betting on The Everest has been suspended as of midday Tuesday, with the revelation the barrier draw has been conducted but will only be made public on Tuesday night via the publicised Opera House projection.

A plan to project a racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House has sparked controversy in Australia.

Racing NSW officials have named six potential emergencies for slot-holders for The Everest this Saturday, while they have also suspended betting on Tuesday afternoon after the barrier draw was conducted.

The government's decision came after a top radio "shock jock", Alan Jones, urged the Opera House's boss to resign or be sacked for objecting to the promotion.

He added that he did not believe his actions "qualify as those of a bully or a misogynist but there are clearly many people who do", and that he would be writing to Herron later in the day.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian then intervened within hours of the interview to allow the horse race's promotion but has denied she caved in to Jones.

The petition was delivered to state parliament on Tuesday with independent member for Sydney Alex Greenwich vowing to move a motion to try to remove the power of government to overrule Opera House management.

More than 265,000 people have signed a petition protesting the use of the Opera House to promote the event.

Brisbane-based outdoor operator, Goa, has dived into the controversial debate over Racing NSW's upcoming use of the Opera House as a billboard.

The NSW Heritage Council, an adviser to the government on heritage issues, said it was disappointed with the government's decision to turn the "international architectural masterpiece" into a billboard.

When asked whether projecting the promotion onto the sails was legal, a spokesman for Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton pointed to the same exemptions they had been questioned over.

The Opera House sails have been used in art installations and to advertise events such as the Rugby Union World Cup, but not for commercial advertising.

"The Wallabies or Vivid, they aren't advertising gambling, which is detrimental to so many families", Mr Richardson said.

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