Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP
It was the controversial barrier draw on Sydney's Opera House that got everyone talking

It was the controversial barrier draw on Sydney’s Opera House that got everyone talking – even those delivering racegoers to the event.

Peter and Kay Judge from Port Macquarie were among racegoers at the $13 million race day who said even their taxi driver knew about the government’s decision to project the barrier draw for The Everest onto the icon’s shells.

“When we were in the cab he asked why we were going out here and what was on. We told him and he said ‘Is that the thing that was on the Opera House?'” Peter said.

“If it wasn’t for that a lot of people wouldn’t have even known about it.”

The couple travelled from the mid north Coast to see a horse they hold a share in, Zoushack, who ran fourth in the Harrolds Victory Vein Plate.

They said the whole thing amounted to good publicity.

“It’s our building, we should be able to do what we want with it. It’s only a building, it’s not a living thing so let’s use it for whatever we can use it for,” said Peter.

“Not only does it promote this race but it also promotes Sydney, NSW, Australia and the Opera Horse – it puts it out there.”

Mates David Sherlock and Tom Gasber from Parramatta said they were amazed at the reaction with a petition and protest against the barrier draw projection.

“I liked it. I thought it was a bit ridiculous people getting fired up about it,” Tom said.

Mother and daughter Anna and Sam Maceri from Kellyville, who are part-owners in Ready’s Girl who came third in the Harrolds Victory Vein Plate, had different views.

“I think there’s far more important things in this world to worry about than that. I think people just need to move on,” Anna said.

Sam said she saw debate on social media particularly Facebook.

“It definitely got us talking about it but I don’t think I had too much of an opinion on it,” she said.

Australian singer Jimmy Barnes was among the thousand protesters at the Opera House on Tuesday night who said the projection was “wrong on so many levels”.

“This is an Australian treasure… to advertise horse racing on it is degrading to a great place,” Barnes told the Australian.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has since expressed regret over how the debate acted out publicly.

 
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Another former Star WA sprinter in The Everest

Owner Bob Peters is set to have two runners in the $14 million The Everest with Enticing Star announced as...

Tahlia Hope set for extended stay in hospital

Apprentice Tahlia Hope could remain in hospital for up to three weeks as she recovers from viral meningitis. Hope was...

Godolphin secure slot in The Everest

Global racing operation Godolphin has won the tender for the vacant slot in the $14 million Everest forfeited by Damion...

Schillaci Stakes winner to gain entry into The Everest

The turf wars between Victoria and NSW appear to be softening with the winner of the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield...

Trainer Ben Currie has ban reduced

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been...

Veteran trainer remains in critical condition

Veteran trainer Bruce Purcell remains in a critical condition, three days after being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with serious...

Queensland trainer fined for assaulting stewards

Veteran Queensland trainer Ron Maund has been fined $2000 with no conviction recorded on charges of assaulting two Racing Integrity...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.