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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 said: "Like Septimus, Yeats has started back cantering recently.
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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.
MARTHA'S SON, not seen out since sustaining a knee injury in last year's Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon, is back cantering at Henry Daly's Downton Hall training base near Ludlow.