Betting suspended on The Everest

The barrier draw results for NSW Racing's multi million dollar race The Everest are projected onto the sails of the Opera House Sydney

A video was taken of the draw by Racing NSW stewards for audit purposes on Tuesday morning.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Sydney Opera House to protest The Everest horse race advertisement on Tuesday night.

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

Conservative radio host Alan Jones sided with the government, shouting at Opera House chief executive Louise Herron on air before offering a grudging apology for doing so.

Jones had called for Ms Herron to be sacked during a testy confrontation on Friday after she ruled out allowing words or branding highlighting The Everest race to be projected onto the Opera House because "it's not a billboard".

Racing NSW, the race organizer, had planned to project the draw live on to the Opera House.

Protester Joshua Richardson, 19, said he had no problem with the Opera House being lit up in the "right context" but said this illumination was "horrible".

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"I don't believe my words or actions qualify as those of a bully or a misogynist but there are clearly many people who do", Jones said on 2GB.

The barrier draw will be published at 7.30pm on Tuesday night.

"I encourage the input and say people protest for governments to listen - and we do that - but I also say people on all sides of the argument should be respectful".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, previously the director of Tourism Australia, defended State Premier Gladys Berejiklian's deal with Racing NSW, calling the Opera House "the biggest billboard Sydney has".

"Unless for a specific artistic objective in relation to Sydney Opera House, text or slogans will not be permitted", the policy reads.

"It is the view of the Heritage Council that the use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place that is valued by many around the world", he said. The guidelines have always been stretched in the part and the commercialisation of the Opera House has always been there.

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