Protestors disrupt racing promo on Sydney Opera House

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The Opera House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has previously directed Reuters to the state government. "But if they're going to, they may as well give Victoria a plug".

Perhaps the most provocative image used by Andrews to fuel the so-called "rivalry" between the cities was the Victorian state government logo - in Labor Party red - superimposed onto the sails.

"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", said Jones.

The controversy overshadowing Saturday's lucrative The Everest race meeting took another twist with betting on the feature race suspended until the barrier draw was released to the public due to risks of a security breach.

The ongoing drama about projecting a Racing NSW ad onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House might be starting to seem like a bit of a storm in a teacup at this point.

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

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Luckily for Jones, as it turns out, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is a gutless Jones puppet can caved in immediately, overturning the actual documented rules of the Sydney Opera House so that Jones' pals could get their way.

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.

At 7.40pm when the famous sails were first lit up, people lining the building's forecourt also began to shine beams of light from torches onto the images in the hopes of obscuring the message.

"The use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is a completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place", council chair Stephen Davies said in a letter to the premier on Tuesday.

"They've gone with a decision that we think probably is not legal", Mr Quint told AAP. The guidelines have always been stretched in the part and the commercialisation of the Opera House has always been there.