BGC member Peter Tighe is reasonably certain that winning an event at his club would more than likely not be as thrilling as having a runner in the Melbourne Cup or winning the Cox Plate.
But the part owner of champion thoroughbreds Preferment and Winx would – one day – like to experience the comparison.
“For me at the moment golf is a game in which I have a burgeoning interest,” said Tighe, who is domiciled at the nearby Brisbane Markets where he is chief executive of J H Leavy & Co.
“But time is my golfing enemy right now. I play spasmodically and when I do it is usually only nine holes and is for relaxation purposes. Golf and me are very much a work in progress.”
However, for his wife Patty, the situation is much different. Whereas Peter says he likes golf, he describes Patty’s association with the game as a love affair.
“Patty has been a member since 2005 and plays off 20, so she is much further advanced than me,” he said.
“She usually plays Tuesdays and Thursdays although recently she has been ill which curtailed her golfing somewhat. But, happily for her, she was back on the course this week. Patty loves her golf.”
Peter and Patty Tighe are members of Magic Bloodstock Racing, which is managed by Peter. They are part owners of a number of thoroughbreds racing under the syndicate name, with Winx and Preferment their standouts.
Preferment, who ran 20th in last year’s Melbourne Cup, has won five of his 23 starts including the Group One BMW Stakes and the Australian Cup in March. He has again been set for the Melbourne Cup.
But it is their brilliant five-year-old mare Winx that is talk of racing, and among Brisbane Golf Club members.
Last Saturday Winx confirmed her standing as Australia’s best racehorse when she won the George Main Stakes at Randwick. Currently rated the best mare in world racing, it was her 11th consecutive win.
Winx has had 21 starts for 15 wins and three seconds, with a winning strike rate of 71 per cent. Seven of her 11 consecutive wins have been at Group One level.
Among those wins were the 2015 weight-for-age Cox Plate, the Doncaster Mile, the Queensland Oaks and the Epsom, and she is now headed to Melbourne for the Spring Carnival where she will run in the Caulfield Stakes before chasing her second successive Cox Plate.
Magic Bloodstock Racing paid $230,000 for Winx at the 2013 Magic Yearling Sales and she has since won $7,135,425 in prizemoney. She won her first race, at Rosehill, in June two years ago.
The Tighe family has had a 37-year link to the Brisbane Markets with J H Leavy & Co, but sold recently to a New Zealand based company. Peter is staying on as CEO.
“I am committed to the company for the next three years and then, hopefully, time will definitely permit me to concentrate more on my golf,” he said.
“But at the moment I will continue to play when I can, receive lessons my good friend Lee Eagleton and enjoy the facilities and camaraderie of a wonderful golf club.” TONY DURKIN