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at a canter

Done or accomplished with ease or minimal effort. (A canter is a smooth, steady gait, as of a horse, which is between the pace of a trot and a gallop.) He was in such better condition than his competitors that he won the race at a canter.
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in a canter

Done or accomplished with ease or minimal effort. (A canter is a smooth, steady gait, as of a horse, which is between the pace of a trot and a gallop.) He was in such better condition than his competitors that he won the race in a canter.
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at a canter

without much effort; easily. British
At a canter is a horse-racing metaphor: a horse has to make so little effort that it can win at the easy pace of a canter rather than having to gallop.
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Summary: Richard Dunwoody cantered off the dancefloor when he became the second celebrity to be booted off Strictly Come Dancing.
Ridden by Stephen Nicholson, the Sussex Stakes winner cantered 6f on the turf course behind lead horse Paper Talk, before a quicker exercise over 3f on the dirt course, in which the six-year-old finished upsides his work partner.
``Flashy Wings cantered this morning and she'll canter again tomorrow,'' said the trainer, who is seeking his third Queen Mary winner following Bint Allayl (1998) and Queen's Logic(2001).
The dual Coronation Cup winner cantered six furlongs with stablemate Membership and Brittain will be hoping the six-year-old can display the sort of form that earned him a third Group 1 success in the Grosser Preis Von Baden at Baden-Baden in September.
RED BLOOM'S participation in Sunday's 1,000 Guineas appeared to be back on track when she cantered on Long Hill in Newmarket yesterday morning, writes Tony Elves.
They both cantered on the all-weather track with Falbrav, whose trainer Luca Cumani was due to arrive yesterday, looking particularly well.
Stoute said yesterday: "We haven't really considered anything because we haven't cantered him yet, but he's due to canter tomorrow and we'll just feel our way for a few days because he has only been walking under saddle since Friday."
The horse cantered this morning and everything went fine.
Hills said yesterday: "He cantered five furlongs today and was fine afterwards.
Florida Pearl, the Gold Cup favourite, cantered over the course at Cheltenham with his stablemate Alexander Banquet, a leading contender for the Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle.