Rees only took over the training licence from father Philip in April, but now potentially stands under 29 seconds away from emulating his achievement in sending out an Oaks winner - Sunny Interval at Harringay in 1979 - while late grandfather Phil won the title on three occasions, with Shady Parachute in 1968 and dual champion Cranog
Bet in 1963 and 1964.
Just as in the previous few years, the ante-post favourite Cranog
Bet was sent packing after the very first round.
I had some great times at Wimbledon and remember Cranog
Bet, trained by Phil Rees Snr, most of all.
IT hardly seems like 43 years since the legendary Cranog
Bet won the inaugural Guinness 600.
Noted for her equable temperament, Cranog Bet in the full flow of her gallop cut an impressive figure, so much so that H Edwards Clarke used an image of her at full stretch on the dust jacket of his book The Greyhound (1965).
Voted 'Bitch of the Year' in 1963 and 1964, Cranog Bet enhanced her reputation in the breeding paddocks as the dam of Itsamint (Irish Oaks, Guinness 600) and Itsachampion (McAlevey Gold Cup, Guinness 600, Irish Cesarewitch).
No trainer has won the race back-to-back since Phillip Rees sent out Cranog
Bet to become the most recent of four dual winners in 1963/4.
Don't Ask's batch of nine contained Knock Her, winner of the 1964 Irish Oaks, while among Don't Bet's seven pups was Cranog
Bet, the dual English Oaks heroine of 1963 and 1964.
Malbay Flash's dam line goes back to the dual Oaks winner Cranog
Bet, but this branch of the famous bitch's descendants had been quiet on the big-race scene until Back The Glen began her stud career.
However, many people put the 1963/64 double by Cranog Bet at the top of the Oaks roll of honour.
Indeed, Cranog Bet is still considered one of the best greyhounds of all time by her band of loyal admirers.