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Vancouver, B.C. July 29, 2020 — Ascot Resources Ltd (TSX: AOT; OTCQX: AOTVF) (“Ascot” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce high gold grades in the first seven drill holes (1,930 metres) of the 2020 season. The drill site is strategically located to the west of the Premier deposit (“Premier West”), potentially adding to existing resources outlined in the feasibility study. The significance of this prospective corridor is further highlighted by high gold grades in surface grab samples even further along strike to the west at Hope, Cascade Creek and Woodbine (see Figure 1).
Highlights of this release include:
In early June the Company started drilling on the area west of the Premier open pit. Mineralization occurs in several areas at surface over a strike length of nearly 2 kilometres, namely at the Premier mill road, the Hope zone at the Granduc road, the Cascade Creek valley and the Woodbine prospect.
Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot commented, “We are pleased with these initial high-grade results close to the Premier deposit. As we move to re-starting production, these potential resources have obvious implications for extending the mine life at low cost. We are mobilizing a second rig in the beginning of August in order to accelerate drill testing of our exciting targets. We continue to be impressed by the potential for discovery of new deposits on our landholdings. Initial drilling has been focused on lower elevation targets and as the weather conditions improve, we will drill at higher elevations, including our high-grade silver targets at Silver Hill.”
Ascot designed a drill program to explore the area west of the Premier mineralization in sufficiently tight spacing to potentially add to the resources in this area. To that end, six fences of drill holes were designed from one strategically positioned pad for the systematic step outs. To date four fences of holes have been completed and this release summarizes the results from the first seven drill holes on fence one and two. Drilling of the remaining holes is continuing with samples already in the laboratory for analysis. Drill hole results are slower than anticipated due to Covid protocols at the lab.
Figure 2 illustrates the layout of the drill holes relative to the projected trend of the mineralization. The drill holes outline a steeply dipping zone of mineralization with a vertical extent of approximately 80-100 metres. Mineralization is open towards the surface and additional fences of drill holes are currently testing the continuation to the west. The drill results are summarized in Table 1 and the pad location is specified in Table 2.
Table 3 summarizes the results from eleven grab samples that were collected during prospecting following the trend of mineralization to the west. The Hope zone is an outcrop at surface that is offset to the south from the main trend of mineralization coming from the Premier pit (see Figure 1). A high-grade sample was also collected at the eastern edge of Cascade Creek and several mineralized samples were collected on the western side of Cascade Creek in the Woodbine (“WB”) area. The Company plans to follow up these exciting surface results with drilling as the field season progresses.
Figure 1 Image of the Premier mine area showing the location of the drill pad and prospects described in this release.
Table 1 Summary of exploration drill results from Premier West
|Hole #||pad||azimuth/dip||From (m)||To
|P20-2190||PW-1||235/-46||no significant intercept|
True width is estimated to be 70-90% of reported intervals. The drill holes were targeted perpendicular to the expected zone orientation.
Table 2 Drill pad location
|Pad #||UTM N||UTM E||Elevation(masl)||Hole no.|
Table 3 Grab sample results from the Hope zone and the Woodbine prospect
|WB Muck Pile||435629||6213005||0.59||129.0||0.40||0.40||18.20|
|WB Grab 1||435456||6212935||3.57||65.5||0.01||0.90||1.23|
|WB Grab 2||435456||6212934||3.30||124.0||0.03||2.23||3.07|
|WB Grab 3||435456||6212933||3.69||136.0||0.03||2.04||3.13|
Figure 2 Image of a 3D section showing the layout of the drill holes reported in this release relative to the northeast dipping modeled zone that is being targeted. The drill intercepts suggest that there might be two parallel mineralized zones but the general trend of the mineralization is confirmed by the new drill holes.
Figure 3 Image showing a 1.5cm particle of native gold in drill core from hole P20-2183.
COVID-19 Safe Operations Protocols
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ascot has developed and adopted safe operations protocols based on the recommendations of the British Columbia Public Health Officer and guidance from the Association for Mineral Exploration BC. The Ascot Covid plan is posted on the Company website at www.ascotgold.com. The Company has proactively mandated self-quarantine protocols for any individuals displaying any sign of potentially Covid related symptoms including those who have been in direct contact with such persons. Testing has been made available to anyone displaying symptoms.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Lawrence Tsang, P. Geo., the Company’s Senior Geologist provides the field management for the Premier exploration program. John Kiernan, P. Eng., Chief Operating Officer of the Company is the Company’s Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
ASCOT RESOURCES LTD.
“Derek C. White”, President and CEO
For further information contact:
VP, Investor Relations
778-725-1060 / [email protected]
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