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The Jason Thompson-trained Proven Nitro has stormed into outright favouritism for the Group 1 AJS Silver Chief after a magnificent 29.59sec heat win last night.

The time was the equal second fastest recorded over the 525-metre journey, joining kennelmate Boris Fields as one of three greyhounds to break 29.60sec at the Broadmeadows circuit.

The son of Nitro Burst and Proven Cobalt worked hard to cross from box five, running 5.11sec to the first split before unleashing incredible mid-race pace, stopping the second sectional marker at 17.63sec. Proving he is blessed with speed and strength, the black chaser ran home in a super 11.96sec to finish with a time standard achieved by so few.

CLICK HERE to watch Proven Nitro’s scintillating heat win

Other heat winners to impress included the lightly-raced Allen Makoto, who defeated a quality field to score in 29.77sec after sizzling splits of 5.01sec and 17.60sec. It was the second week running that the son of Meticulous and Roxio Bale ran 29.77sec, making it five wins from six starts in a very impressive start to his career.

The second fastest time of the evening came in the last of the Silver Chief heats when Darren McDonald

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