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Drone Show Leads Everest Launch

Drone Show Leads Everest Launch

500 drones lit up the Sydney Harbour sky for the Everest’s barrier draw on Tuesday night, which has AUD$15 million as its prize offering.

New South Wales (NSW) Racing chief executive, Peter V’landys was joined by 180 guests for the draw, including NRL CEO, Andrew Abdo and a large presence from Sydney’s media, to launch the world’s richest horse race, which runs at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Additionally, after two COVID-19 affected years, the Everest is expected to be at capacity for its sixth running after 2020 and 2021 were capped at 10,000 patrons.

Commenting on the drone launch, V’landys said: “We’ve got the best harbour in the world and we’ve always said we’d showcase it.”

“What better way than with this spectacular barrier draw. And one thing I’ve always said: we’ll never stop the boats,” he said.”

Australian Turf Club chairman, Peter McGauran, added: “Bear in mind this is only the sixth The Everest.”

“It was pure genius from Peter V’landys and Racing NSW to introduce The Everest and then build on it year after year to make sure it’s the most talked about race in Australia.

“These are the best of the best competitors – trainers, jockeys and horses,” he said.

The launch comes after TAB and the Australian Turf Club announced a partnership extension.

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