Zara and Mike Tindall enjoy a day at the races in Australia

Chloe Best

Zara and Mike Tindall were in high spirits as they attended the Magic Millions races on Australia's Gold Coast at the weekend. The couple appeared happy and relaxed as they mingled with guests in the VIP area of the event.

Looking sophisticated in a purple patterned Ellery dress and matching fascinator, Zara was invited to the event in her capacity as a Magic Millions Racing ambassador. Although the couple were attending the sporting event without their daughter Mia, who turns two on Sunday, she wasn't far from their minds as they discussed the toddler's love of horses.

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Zara and Mike Tindall attended the Magic Millions races in Australia

Proud father Mike told the Sydney Morning Herald that Mia is taking after her mother, explaining: "Mia our daughter has inherited a love of horses, she has a Shetland pony and she enjoys it so I think her mum has passed that love on… me on the other hand, well I'm more of a football man."

Zara has previously discussed her hopes for her daughter's future, telling The Telegraph that they will support their firstborn whatever she wants to do.

"Whatever she wants to do in life we'll encourage her. If that's riding, amazing," she said.

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Mike said their daughter Mia is following in her mother's footsteps

The 34-year-old also credited Mia with helping her performance as she trains for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"Everyone is so different in how they get through competition," Zara told The Telegraph. "But I think what everyone has in common is that you perform better if you can relax. Having Mia has definitely enabled me to relax more.

"There's definitely more highs being a mother than being in sport. One thing I do know, I make better decisions now. Before I'd have got on any old horse. Now I'm more selective. And when I see a steep slope, I go round it. Mind, I don't know if that's a product of motherhood or just being older."