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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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He is cantering now, and in February we will start doing faster work with him, with the aim being to run him in the Craven on April 14.
ASCOT yesterday announced changes to the parade procedure for the two mile Group 1 races at the Royal meeting that will result in horses cantering past the stands, writes Jon Lees.
Cecil reacted by urging a parade similar to that employed at Newmarket for the Guineas - with horses cantering individually to post in racecard order - to be introduced for all Group 1 races.
Gosden said: "The Newmarket way of cantering to post in sequence is a good one.
The public would much rather see horses cantering and the Newmarket method of cantering to post is a good one.