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A Questor stock tip was the difference in last week’s race for the weekly £1,000 prize.
Much to the delight of Peter Green, 55, from Kent, Cairn Energy rose 31pc after news broke that India, where the British oil firm has operations, might remove a controversial tax.
This propelled his Unmasked fund up 20pc in a week. But now in 33rd position, with a total gain of 19.2pc, he is almost certainly out of the running to win the grand £5,000 as the final day of the competition begins.
Jackocap, who has made 34pc over the game’s two month trading window, looks like a shoo-in for the title.
Mr Green, who runs an interpretation consultancy, said: “I read about Cairn Energy in The Telegraph and saw its backstory about being owed a lot of money by the Indian government. I thought it was worth gambling on as the tax rules could change in its favour and energy was already a sector doing well, so it was a win-win.”
He set his fund up at the start of the game and then left it more less untouched, so the win came as a surprise.
“I noticed my fund had been doing well and was having a really good week last week, but I didn’t realise it could win the weekly prize. I’ve played previous seasons of the game before but this is the first time I’ve won anything,” he said.
Mr Green's son, Kentaro, 23, is also a keen stockpicker, but could not play in this season of the game because he is not a Telegraph subscriber.
“We would play against each other and he’s beaten me in the past, but this time he couldn’t play. The fantasy fund game is a great educational tool but it is hard to keep track of everything that happens in markets over a short period, unless you are a professional investor.
"With the £1,000 I’ll buy him a beer and a subscription,” he said.
Mr Green is British, but is married to a Japanese woman and spent four years working at a university in Japan. This is reflected in his real life investment portfolio, which he said was dominated by British and Japanese stock funds.