Connections of Valonia are looking for a good run in the William Hill - In The App Store Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on Saturday ahead of possibly better things.
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New owners Qatar Racing, who bought her from trainer Henry Candy after she won a six-furlong maiden at Glorious Goodwood, are hoping she might be good enough to warrant going for the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket next month.
"She's a new acquisition to the team. She's a lovely big scopey filly and another Henry Candy cheap purchase as a yearling," said Qatar's racing manager David Redvers.
"She is a gorgeous filly and we're confident the ground won't hurt her and there is every reason to expect a big run, but it's obviously a big step up from a maiden to this race.
"It looks very competitive but she's got the right profile for it. If she is going to step up and run in races like the Rockfel then she needs to be showing her hand here."
James Tate feels Blockade has earned a crack at Group Three level after notching up wins at Catterick and Chester last month.
"She's been a real stable star this year. She's held her form really well and appears to have improved since being stepped up to six furlongs, winning her last two races," said the Newmarket trainer.
"Having won a Class Two conditions race comfortably she certainly deserves the chance to get some black type.
"She's proven on good to soft. Obviously it will be a little bit softer than that and it's a Group race, so it's by far her stiffest task to date, but hopefully she will acquit herself well."
Olly Stevens accepts that Hoku has a bit to find but she has finished second in a Listed race at York in May and is hopeful she could make the frame.
"She's going to need to step up a bit, but she will love the ground." said Stevens.
"She's Listed placed and it would be good to get her Group Three-placed or even better. Certainly the conditions will suit her."