A crown fit for a Winx win

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 support.

“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,” Martina said

“We send a message to the world through how we present ourselves.”

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 it.

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