Foulrice Park Racing was set up in 2010 by trainer Patrick Holmes in conjunction with his business partners Colin and Ailsa Stirling. Initially the operation was established from leased premises near Malton but in March 2013 we moved to owned facilities in Middleham which will be the long term home for the business.
Little Spigot is a purpose built yard perfectly situated between the High and Low Moor gallops in the centre of the Middleham Racing Centre. The site has been fully refurbished and modernised to create a first class environment for the training of both flat and National Hunt Horses. The underpinning ethos of Patrick’s approach is to provide a very personal and bespoke service to his owners, recognising that each will have different motivations for being involved in the sport and a different investment appetite.
Some will dream of Cheltenham, Ascot and York while others will be happy having fun around the Northern circuit. The key is setting clear objectives which then have to be supported by regular communication to ensure that the owners’ requirements are constantly being met. Given that we are only a small yard with a current capacity of around 25 horses we want all our owners to feel involved and a part of the Foulrice community.
About Patrick: Patrick has over 30 years of experience in horseracing having been born into the trade via his late father the trainer Derek Holmes. His experience has been built up through stints with three of Yorkshire’s leading stables of recent years. His first significant role was as Head Lad to Jimmy Fitzgerald at Norton Grange during a period when this was probably the leading mixed yard in the country. He then moved on to be assistant to Thomas Tate at Tadcaster when he was establishing himself as a training force and finally he spent 10 years as assistant to another Gold Cup winning trainer in Peter Beaumont. This core experience has been supplemented by shorter periods working with Guy Harwood and in Canada which have provided Patrick with a very rounded view of his job and underpinned his decision to take up his own licence in 2010.