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Racing NSW boss has no regrets about wanting to use the Opera House

The boss of Racing New South Wales says he has no regrets over using the Opera House to promote Australia’s richest turf race.

Jockey colours and horse numbers will be splashed across the white sails tomorrow night to highlight The Everest.

Almost 200,000 people have signed a petition opposing the move, following an explosive interview on The Alan Jones Breakfast Show.

CEO Peter V’landys tells Ben Fordham he doesn’t understand the level of angst, given the benefits the race brings.

“I think a lot of people are really overreacting to the whole concept because it only goes for six to seven minutes.

“It’s going to be a big event over the next few years.

“We’re starved of events here in New South Wales. We want to get as many events here as possible.

“We want to fill the hotels, we want to fill the restaurants, we want to give people jobs and if we’ve got the product, let’s promote it!

“I don’t have any regrets at all in the sense that our objectives are the right objectives, and that is to promote Sydney.”

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