Activist group Sleeping Giants targets Alan Jones advertisers

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Racing NSW stewards have suspended betting on The Everest after conducting the barrier draw in private on Tuesday morning.

The activist group has criticised Jones for attacking Herron, calling her a "tyrant" and questioning her credentials after she said she wouldn't allow the Opera House to carry advertising for The Everest Cup horse race on its sails.

"They've even called for the sacking of the Opera House manager who told them where to get off. Let's remind Alan that the Opera House truly does belong to everyone, by supporting Louise Herron's staunch defence of one of our city and country's few instantly recognisable heritage landmarks".

Here's a look at the protest at the Opera House on Tuesday evening.

Herron was appointed CEO of the Sydney Opera House in 2012, having previously been a lawyer and corporate adviser, and was chair of Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre for 10 years.

More than 1,000 protesters have disrupted the Everest horse race illumination by painting over the light show with torches and lamps.

"Racing NSW has made the decision to conduct the draw prior to the event to circumvent any security risks that may exist", a statement read.

Since the NSW Government directed the Opera House to allow the promotional material to be projected, the backlash over the decision has reached a boiling point.

When the sails were lit up at 7.39pm, the crowd let out an enormous boo and screamed "shame on you", "our house not for sale" and "turn it off" during the 20-minute illumination.

"Our house is a precious gift to the world", Mr Hall said.

"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.

Alan Jones' mobile is probably running hot this morning after those naughty wags at The Chaser projected his phone number onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House alongside the caption, "Advertise here".

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