Good point Dougie, you're on to it mate.
Back in '99 the first 3 races (after the first 2 races on another meeting code, (don't ask)) were all $15k with the winner receiving $9,065 and a dress rug.
But back in '94...
The first three races were worth $10,500-$11,000.
And an advert in the racebook has 21 inch Philips TVs (with built in teletext and remote control) going for an amazing price of only $999 at Smiths City.
Winning owners back in '94 could have bought 6, possibly 7 of those tvs.
Win a race tomorrow and the winning owners could buy way more tvs, that are way bigger and better (admittedly without free to air trackside shown for all races and no teletext).
So that has left me wondering.... is stake money better now than '94 ?!?!?