By Nick Hluchaniuk –
The Sam Kavanagh investigation has taken an unlikely twist, with former TVN presenter Brent Zerafa charged by Racing NSW stewards for conduct prejudicial to the image of racing. 

The charge relates to conduct by Zerafa as a TVN employee providing expert comment from the mounting yard on race three at a Royal Randwick meeting on January 17.

An investigation by stewards found communications via text before the race between Zerafa and harness racing identity John Camilleri, in relation to Camilleri’s involvement with the Kavanagh stable and a tip from Camilleri for the Kavanagh-trained Palazzo Pubblico to win race three.

Stewards have charged Kavanagh over alleged race-day drenching of Palazzo Pubblico on January 17. 

Camilleri has admitted to supplying Kavanagh with race-day drenches during the cobalt investigation into Kavanagh-trained runners. 

In his pre-race comments, Zarafa, who is now a presenter for Sky Channel, did not make Palazzo Pubblico one of two horses he tipped in the race. 

Betting records obtained by stewards found Zerafa had placed a wager on Palazzo Pubblico and texts after the race included an exchange where Zerafa made reference to him not tipping that horse in his selections on camera prior to the race. 

The hearing of the charge will take place at a time and date to be fixed.