WELL, after joking about it all race, the thinkable has happened. Analyst Alex Harris, who led from day one, has been pipped at the post after a disastrous final stretch in which he lost $4000, even with the assistance of a light tail breeze. Six of his stocks went backwards, with Perilya and PMI Gold the worst offenders, both slumping around 10 per cent. And it was the previously fourth-placed Doreen Daze who has managed the unlikeliest of victories, top-scoring in her final innings off the back of strong performances from TZ and Atlas Iron.
Pottsy did enough to secure himself a top-three finish, founded on a deft pick of Arrium, which finished the race worth 50 per cent more than at the beginning. Chartist Richard Pritchard also picked Arrium, but it wasn't enough to secure him a top-half finish.
Heartbreak also for engineer Elly Chapman, who dropped money in the final week to finish fourth. But Elly can be proud of having beaten the market by a full 5 percentage points, a score that any other race would have had her in top spot. Her best was a doughty bet on Fortescue.
Public-affairs man Aleks Krajcer holds on to a creditable fifth spot, also easily beating the market. He picked two standout performers - Mirabela Nickel and Mincor Resources - but was let down by a handful of others, one of which, Clean Seas Tuna, also put a big dent in reader Matthew Press's portfolio. Next week, a fine new crop of eager racers!