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Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards are 'even more important this year'

It has been a year unlike any other – and that is why James Savage is eager to see his colleagues within the racing industry recognised at the 2021 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

After being shut down by the impact of Covid-19 in March, racing was one of the first sports to get back up and running three months later.

The new rules and regulations have presented plenty of challenges along the way, but Savage – head lad to Sir Michael Stoute – has been mightily impressed at how everybody connected with the sport has adapted to the 'new normal'.

James Savage was a finalist last year. Picture: Mark Westley
James Savage was a finalist last year. Picture: Mark Westley

And with nominations for the prestigious awards set to close at 5pm on November 10, Savage wants to shine a light on all of the good work that has been done.

"I've got to stress how good it is that Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin are still running the awards this year – it's fantastic, " said Savage, who was a finalist last year in the Leadership category.

"So many things have stopped this year because people cannot afford it in the current climate, so it is great to still have this.

"There was so much uncertainty back in March. It was breeding season, a lot of things got put on pause and we all had to change our habits.

"Racing was one of the first major sports back and it is nothing short of remarkable that it has kept going.

"These awards are always important and it was fantastic to have been nominated last year, but they are even more important this year.

"It's so important we recognise the hard work we have all put in over recent months.

"It's still not easy – the day-to-day stuff, going to the races – there are a lot of challenges but everyone has come together to make it work."

To nominate somebody from within the racing industry, click here. The final judging is set to take place in February.