HO HO HO!!–Veteran trainer Leonard Powell and his daughter Jeanne, were among many representatives of the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) and the Edwin J. Gregson Memorial Foundation who joined forces with Santa Anita officials to feed several hundred backstretch workers on Tuesday in the track’s iconic Club House. Santa Anita Park will open for its traditional Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26.
The win takes the two-time ISL champion to four points and ninth in the standings, pushing Hyderabad to the last place.In the 68th minute, Matthew Kilgallon blocked a fierce shot by Rafael Crivellaro to deny CFC a goal.Earlier, it was a goalless first half but not without excitement. The home team created a lot of chances but as has been the case this season so far, the finishing touch was missing. The best chance came in the 25th minute when an unmarked Lallianzuala Chhangte missed his header from close range.Hyderabad FC defence was caught off guard at times but skipper Kamaljit Singh led from the front and came up with a few good saves. A goalline clearance by Kilgallon in the 32nd minute was the closest Chennaiyin got.Crivellaro and Chhangte made their way past the HFC defence but couldn’t find the net. The Chennaiyin coach was left fuming after Chhangte sent a close-range header agonisingly wide.It was one-way traffic, but the opening goal continued to elude Chennaiyin. Some good work from Anirudh Thapa saw Chhangte get to the byline. His eventual cutback found Thapa but his shot on the turn was kept out by a combination of Kamaljit and Matthew Kilgallon.Despite the occasional forays forward by Hyderabad, the pattern of the game remained the same till the break with Chennaiyin squandering chances galore.