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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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She'll walk around the stable area again this afternoon and we'll canter her tomorrow, on turf if it rains and on dirt if it doesn't.
THE approach of the 2011 Flat season will be heralded tomorrow when the grass canter on Warren Hill in Newmarket opens for the first time this year.
Jockey Club Estates managing director William Gittus said: "As part of a health and safety review carried out over our entire business, it is considered by Jockey Club Estates and the vast majority of trainers that exercising horses in the dark on gallops and canters is dangerous.
From November 7 trainers will be allowed on the horse walks and warm-up rings, but will not be allowed on any gallop or canter until 7am.
SIR MARK PRESCOTT is to donate some greenery to border the newly refurbished 'Town' canter in Newmarket, which will reopen at the end of next week after a pounds 250,000 transformation.
The canter, which starts close to Prescott's base at Heath House, has been closed for the past month while Jockey Club Estates undertook the works.
However, Michael Bell could be one of the first to use the turf when Racing Post Trophy winner Motivator canters for the first time this year.
The big-race favourite showed no reaction to the latest in a series of canters yesterday to put himself back on course for the Newmarket Classic on Saturday week.
SOFT ground on Warren Hill delayed the traditional opening of Newmarket's turf canters yesterday, writes Tom Goff.