Will Orgee at Arden Partners is the runaway winner of The Birmingham Post mid-winter share-tipping exercise for the second year in a row.
He is the first contender to win twice running in the quarter century since Birmingham stockbrokers first entered the shares they hoped would beat the field in the coming year across the artificial time-frame of Christmas Eve to the next Christmas Eve.
Others have won twice, indeed three times, but their successes were interspersed with fallow years.
Like past winners, Will is rewarded with a magnum of Champagne, plus, it would be pleasant to think, the gratitude of his newly-enriched clients.
He almost quadrupled his money with Gaming Corporation.
The shares started out at 2.75p and finished at 10.5p, a 282 per cent profit - and that was after a last-minute slide that knocked Will out of the rarified 300 per cent bracket.
His followers had the chance to get out along the way at up to 23p on February 28.
"I pick a theme for the year then look for a share that I hope will do well with it," he said.
"Last year it was China. This year it was gambling."
He is planning an equally decisive change of tack in pursuit of a hat-trick in 2006.
Will's choice of a corporate minnow with the potential to produce a dramatic percentage profit was a recurring feature of this year's entries. While it gave Will a resounding triumph, many of his rivals fared less well.
Only 58 or our 83 contending brokers (or "investment managers" as an increasing number describe themselves) finished in the black and a sparse 36 beat the 18 per cent gain recorded by the All-Share index
Arguably that is as it should be.
This is an attempt to win the magnum, not a test of sophisticated investment expertise. That said, Mr Orgee has proved himself remarkably good at it. ..SUPL: