Third Season Leaders
Tara Madgwick - Monday April 23
By the time a stallion's oldest progeny turn four and we move to the back end of the season it's fair to say that judgement can be made on whether a sire can be seen as a success or otherwise.

The fortunes of any sire fluctuate from season to season, so there is always a degree of ebb and flow as stallions that start well come back to the pack, while others whose stock needed time, come into their full potential.

Below is the list of Leading Third Crop Sires for 2017/2018, courtesy of Stallions.

Division leaders So You Think and Sepoy started slowly, but have hit their stride and were the two most expensive horses of the group when they retired in 2012 at a fee of $66,000.

So You ThinkSo You Think stands this spring at a fee of $44,000 at Coolmore, while Sepoy has been switched to Darley Victoria and stands at $11,000.

Their overall career statistics reveal:

So You Think with 52.8 % winners to runners and 12 stakes-winners headed by Group I winners D'Argento, Inference and La Diosa.

Sepoy with 50.5% winners to runners and seven stakes-winners headed by Group I winner Alizee.

Smart Missile and Foxwedge were the division leaders at the end of season one and continue to be really good sources of winners, with Smart Missile leading his peers on the score of winners.

Smart Missile switches from Arrowfield to Twin Hills this spring and will stand at $13,200, while Foxwedge stands at $22,000 at Newgate Farm.

Their overall statistics are:

Smart Missile with 53.1% winners to runners and five stakes-winners, his best the Group III winners Debellatio and I'll Have a Bit.

Foxwedge with 51.5% winners to runners and seven stakes-winners headed by Group I winners Foxplay and Volpe Veloce.

Helmet is not on the Darley Australia roster this year and is probably doing better in the Northern Hemisphere for Darley having given them their Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow.

Footnote: So You Think, Sepoy and Foxwedge all shuttled to the Northern Hemisphere and their overall stats include their Northern Hemisphere runners.