SOUTH African star Piere Strydom's topsy-turvy season took a down turn last night when he was suspended for two race meetings for not persevering on what seemed a beaten horse last Wednesday night at Happy Valley, writes Robin Parke. Under the stricter regime of American chief stipendiary steward, Clinton P. Pitts Jnr, English rider Wendyll Woods had previously been sidelined for dropping his hands on a horse already out of contention for a place. Strydom was aboard Express Duke on Wednesday night for trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu who gave evidence at the resumed inquiry before racing at Happy Valley last night. Express Duke was not whipped in the straight but Strydom had maintained the horse had nothing left to give. His two-day ban will not include the Queen Elizabeth II Cup meeting at Sha Tin but does dampen his hopes of getting into the top four placings in the jockeys' championship at the end of the season. Meanwhile, only 24,600 were on course for the special Saturday night meeting which did have little to offer in the way of top flight racing.