Olympic Eventing silver medallist Zara Phillips MBE has been announced as the first Magic Millions Racing Women Ambassador as part of the 2013 Magic Millions Carnival.
Phillips brings to the MMRW initiative a genuine passion for the industry and depth of knowledge. She fosters a lifelong passion for horses, ignited by her parents and grandmother’s commitment to thoroughbred sporting endeavours.
Daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, she holds a number of elite sporting accolades, including a silver medal in team eventing at the London Olympic Games earlier this month.
Phillips is a former European individual and team Gold medallist as well as individual World Champion in 2006. She was named the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was conferred a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007.
“I got involved in Magic Millions Racing Women to help try and raise awareness of the many different ways in which women can be involved in this amazing industry, including horse ownership, and to raise the profile of women in the racing industry in Australia, by encouraging women to get more involved,” Phillips said.
“Magic Millions is having a race where there will be horses competing that are solely owned by women. There are additional prizes for the first four horses owned by women that cross the line. All over the world there are a lot of very successful women that own race horses.”
The Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday on January 12 will include the Magic Millions Racing Women (MMRW) 2YO Classic. It offers a prizemoney incentive of $500,000 which will be distributed between the top four ‘all female owned or leased’ horses in finishing order.