The sun was shining and the stars were lined up for the inaugural Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo, taking place at the scenic The Spit in the Gold Coast yesterday.
Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women Zara Phillips MBE and Magic Millions ambassador Mike Tindall made their first official appearance this year, as they posed for photographs.
The British equestrienne arrived in a stunning dress, but will be playing later this afternoon as part of Team Harrolds, with Ignacio Novillo Astrada, one of the best players in the world, andRob Archibald, an Australian top player. Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne will step in and play two chukkas for Zara Phillips.
The opposing star-studded team consists of Rob Archibald’s wife Francesca Cumani, Magic Millions spokesperson and international racing commentator, and Jack Archibald (his brother) as well as Alejandro Novillo Astrada (Ignacio’s brother).
Prior to the main game, spectators enjoyed a polo match between players who will represent Australia in the World Polo Championships in 2017;
The Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo is the creation of Magic Millions co-owners Katie Page-Harvey and Gerry Harvey, who were of course present during the date, as was their daughter Georgie Harvey. Gerry took part in the divot stomp along with Hamish.
Celebrities and VIPs flocked to the inaugural Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo, and famous faces in the Audi VIP Marquee included Amanda Abate, Channel 7 presenter and Local Magic Millions ambassador, Kathy O’Hara, Group 1 winning jockey and Magic Millions ambassador and Magic Millions Sales and Carnival ambassador Hamish McLachlan, who was the MC of the event.
Other VIPs included 800 Words actress Emma Leonard, Hoges stars Nikki Osborne andLaura Gordon, Zana Pali and Gianni Romano (who actually got engaged at The Spit four years ago) and Donna Hay.
Polo is one of the fastest growing spectator sport in the world, and Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo is the first official event to kick-off the 2017 Jeep Magic Millions Carnival.
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