Here's an article by Turf Monthly's Warwick Hobson from 1990 on Tauto. Tauto was never an out-and-out champion but still, as Warwick Hobson points out, 10 placings in Group 1 handicaps and only one win is probably a record!
I've got half a dozen or so Turf Monthly's from the late 70's and on PWA. It is great fun reading them all these years on.
In the February 1980 monthly there is much excitement as Manikato is approaching the record prizemoney level, and an article appears on the "three Ms"...Matrice, Manihi (by Matrice) and Manikato (by Manihi).
Matrice won 19 races in Adelaide but was a highly successful sire his best 3 probably being Taj Rossi, Toltrice and Pago Pago. In 1974 he was the first domestic bred sire champion since Spearfelt in 1943.
There is also an article on Analie because her daughter Aare won by 4 lengths on debut - Aare went on to win the Blue Diamond and I think she ran 4th in the Slipper.
And Tonto's article on clocks is relevant to an article on the controversy about Auries Star's track record. Many apparently think the clock malfunctioned that day. He ran 1.8.25 for six furlongs which was converted to a "pacesetter record" by the VRC of 1.7.8
They mention the fastest 1200m on "the East Coast" by Sticks And Stones at 1.8.7
I was there that day. He won eased right up from about the 50m mark and to this day I maintain it was the best sprinting performance I have seen. Alas he was unsound and didn't race very much after that but had some success as a sire.
Auries Star was owned in Adelaide by George Badman who raced Royal Gem (who is an entry in our champion racehorse records thread) and Beau Gem whose record is worthy of mention:Beau Gem1946 VRC Byron Moore Stakes Pr 5F
1947 PARC Port Adelaide Guineas Pr 9F
1947 VATC Burwood Handicap Pr 8F
1947 VRC Victoria Derby Pr 12F
1948 AdelRC South Aust. St. Leger Stakes Pr 14F
1948 VRC Turnbull Stakes Pr 12F
1949 AdelRC Parkside Stakes Pr 10F
1949 MRC Underwood Stakes Pr 9F
1950 MRC Underwood Stakes Pr 9F
Auries Star also ran a track record in the Oakleigh Plate (64.5 seconds for 5.5 furlongs) and in the Rosstown Plate at Caulfield (6 furlongs in 1.10.5). He equalled his own Caulfield track record next start - Nov 19 and Dec 26 1938.
The race in which he broke the Flemington track record was the VATC Whittier Hcp which was run on Sept 7, 1940 at Flemington because of the war. He carried 10st 2lbs (64.5 kg). He was ridden by Norm Creighton and trained by Bob Sinclair. He defeated All Veil (Harold Badger) and Hilton (Ossie Phillips).
Auries Star did not race at two and had only 4 starts as a 3yo.
He won the 1940 Goodwood by 5 lengths with 10 st (63.5 kg) - it was a handicap back then.
Norm Creighton maintained that there was no controversy and that Auries Star did indeed run that time down the straight.