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Revived Rhododendron holds off Lightning Spear to snatch Lockinge

• Rhododendron wins Lockinge by a short head for O’Brien
• Trainer recalls that winner once ‘bled the worst you’ve seen’

As Rhododendron stood in the winner’s enclosure, her flanks heaving after battling to a short-head success in the Lockinge, Aidan O’Brien reflected on how her career nearly came to a sanguinary end at Chantilly last summer.

“It was the most unbelievable thing of all,” the trainer said as he recalled the sheer quantity of blood that came out of her nose mid?race and caused Ryan Moore to pull her up.

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