Jeune, At Talaq owner Sheikh Hamdan dies

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Dubai's deputy ruler Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who found horseracing success in Australia with Melbourne Cup winners Jeune and At Talaq, has died aged 75.

Sheikh Hamdan, 75, the United Arab Emirates' long-serving finance minister, had been unwell for months and had surgery abroad in October.

His brother, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, bid farewell to "my brother, my support, my lifelong friend".

Sheikh Hamdan's global horseracing interests included Melbourne Cup winners At Talaq (1986) and Jeune (1994).

It was announced in February he was closing his Australian thoroughbred operation, severing ties closing in on four decades.

Dubai announced 10 days of mourning with flags to be flown at half-mast and a closure of government institutions in the emirate for three days as of Thursday.