To show his paces

to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like; - said especially of a horse.

See also: Show

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He seized Tom by the jaw, and pulled open his mouth to inspect his teeth; made him strip up his sleeve, to show his muscle; turned him round, made him jump and spring, to show his paces.
The 30-year-old, in the third week of a month's trial with Super League's bottom club, will get the chance to show his paces at the Jungle.
Joe Smith gets an opportunity to show his paces at scrum-half with Scott Clendenning-Fenton covering at full-back for unavailable Mark Hyslop, while Tim Stevens plays only his second game of the season after injuries in the second row with Ian McGregor.
Ruthin travel to Caernarfon with Gerwyn Wilson switching from the wing to fullback which gives an opportunity for Paulo Tardival to show his paces on the wing.