Protestors disrupt racing promo on Sydney Opera House

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 outrage had already prompted racing authorities to drop plans to hold the barrier draw publicly, so as to avoid "security risks", and betting was suspended from noon until the announcement of the draw result in the evening.

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.

(9NEWS) Protesters have targeted the planned projection of The Everest horse race colours and numbers onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

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". The Sydney Opera House initially rejected the proposal but a state official overruled and allowed a revised 10-minute projection of the ad for October 9.

The backlash was "a little bit hysterical", New South Wales sports minister, Stuart Ayres, who is responsible for racing regulation, told reporters in Sydney.

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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.

Conservation director Graham Quint on Monday said the legal exemptions allowing projection onto the sails made clear they must be "non-commercial occasions of brief duration".

"The Opera House management has approved exemptions under the Heritage Act to make these types of decisions", the spokesman said.

Ms Berejiklian said the Opera House policy had similarly been breached for the Ashes, Wallabies and a Samsung promotion.

Mr Quint said the government still hadn't explained how projecting advertising onto the sails adhered to the exemptions.

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