There's life in the old dog yet. For as casino king Stanley Ho Hung-sun left hospital after a seven-month stay - apparently fully recovered - his horse came home a 109-1 winner. The billionaire, 88, slowly waved as he was wheeled out of the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital in Happy Valley yesterday afternoon after seven months of care. His daughter Pansy Ho Chiu-king said the tycoon was in good health and excited about going home. 'His health has fully recovered,' she said, 'He has been gaining weight in the past two to three months and his weight has returned to the level before the accident.' The tycoon was admitted to the intensive care unit last August after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain. He reportedly fell at home and injured his head in July. Ho appeared numb and unable to smile as he was wheeled out of the front door of the hospital towards a car. After a word in his ear from daughter Pansy, he gave his wave to the media pack. Two doctors were accompanying the tycoon, who had to be carried from his wheelchair into the car. Ho has been exercising daily and undergoing physiotherapy, according to Pansy Ho, managing director of Shun Tak Holdings, a property developer and shipping operator of which her father is chairman. 'He does routine exercises everyday,' she said, 'In the past few days, he has been very excited.' The tycoon returned to his luxury house in Repulse Bay. Viva Pronto, a horse owned by the tycoon, collected HK$1.3 million as winner of the Group Three Hong Kong Macau Trophy at 109-1. The annual event, in its seventh year, offers total prize money of HK$2.3 million. Ho, as owner, will pocket 56 per cent of the winnings. Hong Kong-listed casino operator SJM Holdings, of which Stanley Ho is chairman, controls about 30 per cent of Macau's gaming market. Its market share is the highest among the six operators in the city, the world's biggest gambling hub. The tycoon held Macau's gambling monopoly for four decades until 2004, when billionaire Sheldon Adelson opened the Sands Macao, leading the charge of US casino giants to the only place in China where casinos are legal. But Ho still controls 19 casinos, the two tallest buildings in Macau, horse and dog-racing tracks, a large jetfoil fleet, a helicopter service, five hotels, department stores, and residential and commercial property. He has four wives, one of whom has died, and 17 children. Ho has not been entirely confined to hospital. On December 20 he was allowed out to attend the 10th anniversary of Macau's handover and even enjoyed a brief chat with President Hu Jintao . He had to leave Hong Kong at around 6am on a wheelchair to attend the Macau event. When Hu praised him for his contribution to Macau and wished him good health, the tycoon surprisingly responded in English. Ho had undergone speech therapy, according to someone close to his family. It was unclear whether the therapist rejuvenating his speech was an English speaker.