Apprehend captures Werribee Cup

Free-wheeling stayer Apprehend sent his winnings soaring past $500,000 with a three length victory in the Living Legends Werribee Cup(2600m) on Sunday.

Apprehend is prepared by Aquanita trainer Tony Vasil and he will be set for the Hobart and Launceston Cups next month.  Aquanita won the 2011 Tasmanian Oaks with La Fantastique (Fantastic Light).

A son of former Swettenham Stud sire Hold That Tiger, Apprehend was purchased by the late Harry Lawton for $45,000 at the 2007 Inglis Premier yearling sale.  His dam Regal Touch scored in Sydney and also won Wagga and Canberra Cups.

Apprehend (6g Hold That Tiger – Regal Touch by Touching Wood) was set alight past the half-mile and had established an unbeaten lead at the top of the Werribee straight.  “He was never going to lose,” in-form jockey Craig Newitt declared.  “He pricked his ears and relaxed.  I let him roll along and then took off at the 600m.”

Hold That Tiger (Storm Cat) reverse shuttled from Swettenham to France for three years before Haras de la Haie Neuve bought him to stand permanently at its base between Le Mans and Rennes.

His penultimate Swettenham bred yearlings includes a filly catalogued for the Adelaide Magic Millions as Lot 304.  Consigned by Keyneton based Riva Ridge Stud, she is from the Danehill Dancer mare Winning Team.

The pedigree received an update when her older half-brother It Is Written won a Werribee maiden by three lengths on January 15.  The Written Tycoon colt is trained by Robbie Griffiths and he was a $45,000 buy from Riva Ridge at the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions.

Apprehend completed a winning double for Hold That Tiger at Werribee.  Earlier in the day, his filly Temper Tantrum won her second race in a row over 1600m.  She is a homebred for the Henwood family and is trained by Alicia Macpherson.

Hold That Tiger has sired 318 individual winners world-wide at better than a 60% strike-rate.  Topping his stakes winning roll-call is G1 winning USA sprinter Smiling Tiger.

Hold That Tiger gelding wins the Living Legends Werribee Cup
Photo – Cathy Jackson / Wyndham Weekly