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Frankel filly breaks Irish sales record

HORSE RACING: A filly by the brilliant Frankel out of the 2007 English and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo has been sold for €1.8million at Goffs November Sale - a record for a foal at public auction in Ireland.

The foal from Frankel's first crop was sent from the Al-Eile Stud in Kilgobnet, Dungarvan, and bought by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock, of Naas, on behalf of a "new Irish client".

Her sale brings the total generated by Finsceal Beo's progeny at auction to €5.45m. However, her price is not a European record for a foal - that accolade belongs to My Typhoon, the half-sister to Galileo and Sea The Stars who sold for 1.8m guineas at Tattersalls in 2002.

She is the fifth foal out of her dam, who was trained by Jim Bolger.

Her third foal, Ol' Man River, is the pick of the crop so far. Bought for a record €2.85 million as a yearling at Goffs last year, the Montjeu colt was a smooth winner of his debut before capturing the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh and is a big Classic hope for the Aidan O'Brien stable in 2015.

Fed' ready for final

TENNIS: Roger Federer remains confident his back will cope with the rigours of Davis Cup tennis after he was passed fit to represent Switzerland when they take on France in this weekend's final.

The 33-year-old was forced to pull out of last Sunday's ATP World Tour Finals showdown with Novak Djokovic through injury, raising doubts over his participation in this weekend's tie in Lille.

However, the world No 2 took part in practice sessions on Wednesday and yesterday, and that was enough to persuade Swiss team captain Severin Luthi to risk his star player in the singles rubbers, with Gael Monfils his opponent today.

Federer himself knows the only way to find out whether his back is on the mend is by testing it out on court.

"Only the match gives you the answer. I'm just pleased that I can play on Friday, give it a go," he said.

"I am not taking a huge risk by playing.

"I have confidence in my body, I am optimistic. Things have been going well.

"It's a difficult match regardless. Because of the crowd, because of the opponent. Gael Monfils is a very good player.

"But things have been going well out there in practice. I was really happy with the way I felt."