Happy Daze are here again as fresh racers charge off the blocks

AH, I love the smell of fresh stock picks in the morning. And this week a new crop of tall poppies has taken root in the fertile soil of an ongoing sharemarket rally. Breathe it in, fellow stock junkies, and forget for the moment that at the end of every high lurks a low.

AH, I love the smell of fresh stock picks in the morning. And this week a new crop of tall poppies has taken root in the fertile soil of an ongoing sharemarket rally. Breathe it in, fellow stock junkies, and forget for the moment that at the end of every high lurks a low.

Most of our racers have made hay while the sun shines, at least matching the ASX 200's 1.7 per cent rise. A new race, but it's an old story: the stars have once again aligned for the divine Ms Doreen Daze after two of her picks went ballistic. Against all odds, Codan is not a cold-and-flu medicine but a manufacturer of communication equipment it and gold explorer Haoma Miningz leapt more than 20 per cent.

But despite her early success, Doreen is a mere whisker ahead of a couple of plucky newcomers: risk manager Michael Grau-Veliz and reader Peter Callaghan, which means a measly few hundred bucks separates the top three. Michael had a dependable-looking bunch of stocks, as befitting his title, and only Newcrest Mining let him down.

Peter is clearly more of a cowboy, playing it fast and loose - six of his 10 stocks either went nowhere or lost ground but a 50 per cent return on gold prospector Intercept Minerals had him skipping up the ladder. Ride 'em, reader!

Regulars Richard Pritchard and the Dartboard are neck-and-neck for fourth spot.

A tad off the pace early are finance clerk Richard Walker and financial planner Shaun Purcell from Class Leading Solutions (we believe Shaun is the one in the background of the pic). Shaun has a sensible-looking bunch of stocks , but when has sensible won a shares race? I think we all know the answer.