The Everest Barrier Draw Was Projected On Sydney Harbour Bridge In Beautiful Compromise
The barrier draw for Australia's richest horse race has been conducted at Sydney Harbour Bridge after last year's controversial Opera House reveal - and no one is blowing up about it this time.
A horse race. A barrier draw. A projection on the Opera House sails. It caused chaos.
It was the dark depths of October 2018.
A nation was divided like it hasn't been since the war on potato scallops vs potato cakes broke out, when the people behind Australia's richest horse race, "The Everest", tried to have the barrier draw projected on the Opera House sails.
As happens pretty much every time there's a huge kerfuffle over something in Sydney, broadcaster Alan Jones was involved. So was Racing NSW boss Peter V'Landys.
Opera House CEO Louise Herron defended her turf (so to speak, because obviously the racing people are the ones with actual turf to defend).
Anyway, Herron said 'Nah, this is a house of culture, not gambling'. But the racing folk said 'whatever', and eventually, they won.
And it was bitter. And it was divisive. And it was unedifying in the extreme.
Anyway this year, they've done the barrier draw for the TAB Everest on the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge -- which is basically a 180-degree turn, if not in attitude, then in direction.
And no one is blowing up, because as lovely as the grand old Coat Hanger is, she ain't no white-shelled icon of the arts.
Also, the horses have emojis. Come on, who doesn't love emojis?
The barrier draw happened at 8pm on Tuesday night, with the race on Saturday afternoon at Royal Randwick.
And unlike last year, nobody is too upset, or not outwardly anyway.
In truth, some people are probably angry that they don't have something to be angry about. But that's another story.