Where there’s smoke there’s fire. In racing – more often than not – it is a raging inferno. Which is just about where punters should have lobbed their hard-earned when backing against Sam Kavanagh-trained runners during January.

The additional charges laid last Thursday by Racing NSW stewards in the long-running Kavanagh inquiry into Midsummer Sun’s cobalt-caffeine positive from the Gosford Gold Cup surprised none. And neither will the official betting fluctuations from the races in question.

Of the charges, three additional raceday treatment cases popped up. Closer inspection of those races makes for grim reading for the integrity overlords.