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Ascot Resources Ltd
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Ascot Resources drills two m of 71.28 g/t Au at Premier

2022-09-13 09:43 ET - News Release

Mr. Derek White reports

ASCOT INTERCEPTS HIGH-GRADE GOLD AT THE BIG MISSOURI DEPOSIT INCLUDING 71 G/T OVER 2.0 METRES

Ascot Resources Ltd. has released the first batch of assay results at the Big Missouri deposit from the 2022 exploration drill program at the company's Premier gold project (PGP), located on Nisga'a Nation treaty lands in the prolific Golden Triangle of northwestern British Columbia. These results are from surface drilling for infill and exploration purposes at the Big Missouri deposit, approximately six kilometres north of the past-producing Premier mill.

Highlights from the drill results include:

  • 71.28 g/t (grams per tonne) gold and 23 g/t silver over two m from a depth of 57.74 m in hole P22-2405, including 136.5 g/t Au and 39.7 g/t Ag over one m;
  • 5.09 g/t Au and 6.6 g/t Ag over 12 m from a depth of 37.5 m in hole P22-2404, including 7.17 g/t Au and 6.7 g/t Ag over 7.5 m;
  • 3.28 g/t Au and 7.4 g/t Ag over 14.65 m from a depth of 78.31 m in hole P22-2412, including 15.74 g/t Au and 6.8 g/t Ag over 2.51 m;
  • 16.55 g/t Au and 25.4 g/t Ag over two m from a depth of 57 m in hole P22-2406, including 29.9 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag over one m.

To date, 46 holes have been completed for a total of 4,260 metres at the Big Missouri deposit this season. This release summarizes the assay results from the first 15 drill holes for a total of 1,195 metres from surface pad BM-1/22. Drill holes were targeting the A zone of the Big Missouri deposit in planned stopping areas, potential extensions of stopes and gaps in previous drilling on the deposit.

Derek White, president and chief executive officer of Ascot, commented: "This season's drill program at Big Missouri is important as it enables us to refine and gain more confidence on our initial stopping areas for underground mining. We are pleased to see high-grade intercepts and visible gold encountered in the first batch of assay results from this area. The drilling revealed various locations where planned stope shapes can be extended, where existing stope shape geometry was confirmed, and provide useful information in previously undrilled gaps in the historical database.

"We look forward to seeing continued success from the drill program at Big Missouri this season and, in combination with ongoing underground development and sampling, vastly improving the confidence in our geological model at PGP as we advance towards production."

The Big Missouri deposit hosts a probable reserve of 809,000 tonnes grading 7.15 g/t Au and 12.2 g/t Ag, and containing 186,000 ounces Au and 317,000 ounces Ag, an indicated resource of 1,116,000 tonnes grading 8.36 g/t Au and 16.9 g/t Ag, and containing 300,000 ounces Au and 607,000 ounces Ag, and an inferred resource of 1,897,000 tonnes grading 8.34 g/t Au and 14.7 g/t Ag, and containing 508,000 ounces Au and 896,000 ounces Ag. These reserves and resources are outlined in the National Instrument (NI) 43-101 technical report entitled "Premier & Red Mountain gold project feasibility study NI 43-101 technical report, British Columbia," dated May 22, 2020, with an effective date of April 15, 2020.

The results are headlined by hole P22-2405, which intercepted 136.5 g/t Au and 39.7 g/t Ag over one m, within a broader interval of two m grading 71.28 g/t Au and 23 g/t Ag, starting from a depth of 57.74 m -- just below a planned stope shape.

These drill results show strong potential for the planned stope shapes to be extended by high-grade intercepts, such as the 10.7-gram-per-tonne Au intercept in hole P22-2407, the 7.49-gram-per-tonne-Au and 5.1-gram-per-tonne-Au intercepts in holes P22-2412 and P22-2410, respectively, and the 15.74-gram-per-tonne-Au and 7.9-gram-per-tonne-Au intercepts near the bottom of holes P22-2412 and P22-2410, respectively. Many of these potential stope extensions also occur at the predicted locations based on mineralization wireframe geometry, which strengthens confidence in the geological model.

In various locations, the new drill holes intercepted high-grade gold within the boundaries of planned stope shapes, reinforcing the current wireframe geometry. This is showcased by the 7.17 g/t Au intercept in hole P22-2407 and the 29.9-gram-per-tonne-Au and 10.9-gram-per-tonne-Au intercepts in hole P22-2406.

Ten more holes were drilled from the same pad, mostly toward the east, with assay results pending. Two additional surface pads were established to the north, from which an additional 21 holes were drilled. Currently, drilling is being carried out from surface at the Day zone on the western side of the Big Missouri ridge.

Qualified person

Lawrence Tsang, PGeo, the company's senior geologist, provides the field management for the PGP exploration program. John Kiernan, PEng, chief operating officer of the company, is the company's qualified person (QP), as defined by National Instrument 43-101; he has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.

Quality assurance/quality control

Analytical work is being carried out by ALS Canada Ltd. Ascot's quality-assurance and quality-control program includes the use of analytical blanks to monitor for cross contamination, certified reference material standards to assess analytical accuracy and duplicate samples to quantify sampling precision. This is in addition to the internal quality assurance program employed by ALS.

Samples are dried and weighed by ALS. They are then crushed to 75 per cent passing two millimetres with a 250-gram split and pulverized to 85 per cent passing 75 micrometres. Samples are processed at the ALS preparation lab in Terrace and sent to ALS in North Vancouver for analysis. There, all samples are dissolved using four-acid digestion with an ICP-AES finish and fire assay with AA finish for gold. Samples over 100 parts per million (ppm) silver are digested with aqua regia and then volumetrically diluted before an ICP-AES or AA finish (up to 1,500 ppm). Samples over 1,500 ppm silver are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples over 10 ppm gold are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Identified or suspected metallic gold or silver are subjected to metallics assays. Sampling and storage is located at the company's secure facility in Stewart, B.C.

About Ascot Resources Ltd.

Ascot is a Canadian junior exploration and development company focused on re-starting the past producing Premier gold mine, located on Nisga'a Nation treaty lands in British Columbia's prolific Golden Triangle. Ascot shares trade on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) under the ticker AOT. Concurrent with progressing the development of Premier, the company continues to successfully explore its properties for additional high-grade underground resources. Ascot is committed to the safe and responsible development of Premier in collaboration with Nisga'a Nation, as outlined in the benefits agreement.

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