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Maria charts direct Classic

Ed Dunlop's Amazing Maria will head straight for the first fillies Classic of the season, the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.

The Sir Robert Ogden-owned filly won a Goodwood maiden by six lengths before following up in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at the same course in August.

The three-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman completed her second serious piece of work of the spring on Tuesday morning, much to the satisfaction of Dunlop.

"I've been very pleased with her so far and she has wintered well," said the Newmarket handler.

"If she continues to progress as she has done and pleases me in the same manner then she will go straight for the Guineas."

Amazing Maria's price for the Classic ranges between 14-1 and 20.