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Betting suspended on The Everest until barrier draw revealed

Betting suspended on The Everest until barrier draw revealed”

"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", Racing NSW said in a statement.

The original plan by Racing NSW was to hold a live barrier draw and project the results onto the Opera House facade, alongside the jockeys' colours and barrier results alongside The Everest logo.

The NSW government is facing a growing backlash this week after it ordered the Opera House to display a promotion for Racing NSW over the objections of the building's caretakers. When Opera House CEO Louise Herron appeared on Jones' radio show and expressed her concerns about turning the World Heritage site into "a billboard", Jones shouted at her and said he would personally call NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and demand that Herron be sacked.

"I used some words in these programs about the Everest, and the Opera House, and Louise, which in hindsight I now most regret hearing, having heard the impact they've clearly had on some people", he told his 2GB listeners this morning.

More than 265,000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW government to reverse its decision to allow the advertisement. Herron initially refused to allow Jones' racing mates to advertise gambling on the sails of the Opera House.

Racing NSW stewards have suspended betting on The Everest after conducting the barrier draw in private on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, National Trust NSW conservation director Graham Quint says projecting commercial material onto the Opera House contravenes state laws.



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