Relations between the Catholic Church (and George Pell in particular) and the Sydney racing community have been in freefall for months, but yesterday they sunk to a new low.

The Australian Jockey Club, with the support of Racing NSW, upped the ante in the ongoing public war between the church and the racing industry when it refused to allow the media to attend and report on a visit to Randwick by 200 representatives of the church, led by Cardinal Pell, including members of the Vatican Pontifical Council for the Laity – which sounds influential!