The finals are set for the 2017 Leonora Golden Gift, aka Australia’s richest mile. Last night saw some of Australia’s top middle distance runners charge down the main street of Leonora, Western Australia in search of fast times and or a top 3 finish in order to make today’s finals (Top 3 advanced to the finals from each of the 2 heats, with the next 2 fastest times overall qualifying for the 8 man final). With a total of $50,000 up for grabs over the weekend with $6,000, $4000, $2000, $1500, $1000, $750, $500, and $250 going to 1st to 8th place respectively in today’s final, we are set for some intense racing action come 2:45pm this afternoon.

The elite mile fields are introduced to the crowd at the horse races at The Leonora Golden Gift 2017 – Photo RT

Finals start lists and last night’s heats results below – note: The elite race is 3 laps around the main street with 6 sharp turnarounds throughout the 1-mile race.

Saturday heat results –