Diabetes planets aligned when champion of champions Winx was
being led into the winner's circle after her last race at Royal
Randwick earlier this month.
Patty Tighe, the mare's managing owner along with her husband
Peter Tighe, looked particularly stylish in a "Winx blue" Tudor
headpiece dotted with large pearls, fashionably mimicking Winx's
blue racing silks with a white pompom.
Think the Duchess of Cambridge meets Australian racing royalty,
all in a headpiece.
It was the work of Queensland milliner Martina McGrath.
What's the connection?
Peter lives with type 2 diabetes, Martina lives with type 1
diabetes, and both have been featured in Diabetes Queensland
publications Circle and Uturn.
Peter and Patty are generous supporters of Diabetes Queensland
and have donated raffle prizes such as seats in the owner's box at
Randwick when Winx was racing, as well as other prizes and
"Winx has been great for our family and good for racing in
Australia," Peter told Circle.
"If I can give a bit of that good fortune back to the racing
industry and the community, then it's the right thing to do."
Peter, Winx and Winx's jockey Hugh Bowman were on the cover of
the Spring 2018 edition of Circle with a feature inside outlining
Peter's journey with type 2 diabetes.
Peter developed the condition after the 2011 Brisbane floods
that inundated their business at Rocklea Fruit and Vegetable
Markets, as well as their home.
Martina has lived with type 1 since she was diagnosed a week
before she finished Year 12 about 30 years ago.
"The greatest form of non-verbal communication is how we dress,"
said in the August 2018 edition of Uturn.
"We send a message to the world through how we present
Patty certainly sent a message around the world at Winx's
victorious swan song.
The sublime Winx, Patty's outfit and uber stylish headpiece, the
pure joy of the 40,000 crowd at Randwick cheering for a horse we
may never see the likes of again, combined to make a spectacular
sporting event watched throughout the world.
And three Diabetes Queensland favourites were in the thick of