Its latest rise of 3% was helped by another burst of support for Royal Mail shares, but the other five constituents of the portfolio were all markedly higher, with housebuilder Galliford Try, residential landlord Grainger and Stagecoach all moving upwards to fresh peaks.
Equally pleasing, though, was a useful rally in the price of Barclays Bank shares after an encouraging trading bulletin, although we continue to nurse a small loss on our notional investment.
The other portfolios were unable to match the sparkling 2013's performance, although the 2011 selections were not far behind with Scotland's British Polythene Industries moving to yet another new year high and mini conglomerate DCC making an encouraging debut after its selection last week.
Belhaven Brewery owner Greene King, another recent addition, helped the 2012 portfolio move to a new peak valuation and the longstanding 2010 selections also gained further ground as buyers returned for bakery chain, Greggs.
But Scottish Gas owner Centrica continued to disappoint as the big energy companies come under renewed political pressure and we will not be too unhappy to sell our notional holding if the shares fall to their published stop/loss level.
Publishing group Pearson, home of the Financial Times, was another major faller after directors produced a lacklustre trading bulletin, although we continue to see good value in the shares. At this stage, we are keenly aware that share prices could be vulnerable to a sharp correction after a 13% rise in the FTSE so far this year and we raised our stop/loss levels on a number of shares at our review of progress on Wednesday morning.
These new prices are set 10% below current share prices and will be used as a "sell" signal to ensure we can hold on to the bulk of recent gains.