Vaugirard went part of the way to forcing his entry onto the International race trail in December with another slashing win at Happy Valley for trainer David Hall and jockey Brett Prebble. Hall was reluctant to label the promising five-year-old as a top-class individual but, with limited options at the pointy end of the class scale in coming months, Hall may be forced to throw him in the deep end after Vaugirard powered to a 1 3/4 lengths win in the aptly named Deep Water Bay Handicap (1,650m). 'His win at the end of last season he won pulling up, and obviously he has gone into the break feeling good and come out in a great frame of mind this season,' Hall said. 'Maybe going into the summer recess on the back of that soft win has helped him bounce straight back to form this time in. 'He's becoming a very versatile horse, he can win on wet or dry tracks, at Sha Tin or Happy Valley and can sit on the pace or come from last. I wish I had more like him, because he is a real racehorse now.' The win on Vaugirard sealed a three-timer for Prebble but, while the jockey was pleased with the gelding's win, he remains adamant he has yet to show his full potential. 'He still had a bee in his bonnet today behind the barriers and just was not happy,' Prebble said. 'He was throwing his head around and wasn't comfortable for some reason. 'But when we got into the straight and he changed stride at the 150m he was never going to be beaten. It's funny, but before that point I thought the closers were going to get over the top of him, it's like sometimes you know what is under you, he just can't give it to you. 'I got the same feel at Sha Tin, but then he went whoosh and took off. I still think a little bit of cut in the ground is ideal for him, but he's a tough racehorse and he will push on even on a harder track,' he added. Vaugirard also drew comparisons with classy Ouraja, who was raced by the same connections after taking a year from his first start to his first win, before rapidly ascending the grades. Vaugirard took six starts and six months before he won his first race, but has now won four and placed three times from his last seven.