Alan Jones explodes at Opera House boss over racing refusal
2GB jock Alan Jones has taken on chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, Louise Herron, over the resistance to plaster the building’s iconic sails with branding for the upcoming Everest horse race.
Chatting on his Breakfast show, Jones lept at Herron straight out of the gates, yelling that “we” own the Opera House and repeatedly interrupting Herron.
Herron has agreed to light up the house in the colours of jockey’s jerseys but rejected the proposal to also project words or Everest branding.
“We have a policy that protects our world heritage status,” Herron said.
“We have said yes to [Racing NSW chief executive] Peter V’landys request to put the jockeys’ colours on the sails. We have no problem with that.
“What we won’t do is put text or videos of horse running or horses’ numbers or names or the Everest logo on the Opera House. It’s not a billboard.”
Jones then went on to repeatedly call for Herron’s sacking commenting, “I’m telling you that I will be speaking to [NSW Premier] Gladys Berejiklian in about five, three minutes and if you can’t come to the party, Louise, you should lose your job.”
Listen to the full interview, including when Jones brought V’landys aboard, below.
The Everest will take place at Royal Randwick race course on Saturday, October 13.