The Everest barrier draw succeeds despite protest
The controversial Everest barrier draw has successfully taken place on the Sydney Opera House despite protesters attempting to disrupt it.
A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the Opera House forecourt chanting and using torches to stop the light display.
The mobile phones and strobes could be seen on the building’s iconic sails but were not enough to disturb the barrier draw projections.
Barriers done for The @tabcomau #theEverest !
1. Redzel (1)
2. Santa Ana Lane (9)
3. Le Romain (11)
4. Trapeze Artist (6)
5. Vega Magic (7)
6. Brave Smash (4)
7. Osborne Bulls (5)
8. US Navy Flag (3)
9. In Her Time (8)
10. Shoals (2)
11. Viddora (12)
12. Graff (10) pic.twitter.com/gOdA6CV3mN
— Australian Turf Club (@atc_races) October 9, 2018
The protest follows a heated interview with Opera House CEO Louise Herron, for which breakfast host Alan Jones has apologised.
The second running of The Everest, the world’s richest horse race on turf, will take place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday.
Controversy surrounding the barrier draw has given the race and Sydney’s iconic Opera House global publicity.