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Zara hints at new baby after Games

Zara Phillips has hinted at having more children, but not before the Olympics next year.

The Queen's granddaughter, who was a medal-winner at the London 2012 Games, said motherhood has put things in perspective, describing how her baby daughter provides comfort if she has a bad day in the saddle.

Phillips, who gave birth to Mia in January last year, told the FT Weekend Magazine: "I don't know whether being a mum has made me any more cautious. What it does do is put things in perspective. If I have a bad day riding, it doesn't matter now as much as it used to."

Referring to preparation for qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio she said: "That also means I won't be able to have any more children between now and then too."

But she said the family-friendly nature of the eventing circuit means she can bring Mia with her to competitions "so I don't have to go the entire day missing her".

Phillips, who has previously spoken of her struggle to re-gain her fitness after the birth, said she is not taking anything for granted, focusing on qualifying for the Great Britain team and getting good results.

The 33-year-old, who is married to rugby player Mike Tindall, enjoyed a triumphant return to the circuit last year, finishing in 11th place individually at the World Equestrian Games in France, while the Great Britain team took silver.


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