Bardoc Gold (ASX:BDC) has unlocked a potential new exploration opportunity at its namesake project near Kalgoorlie after extensional drilling intersected significant gold mineralisation in fresh rock below the planned Sigma open pit.

The company is understandably keen to follow up on the 21m intercept grading 3.94 grams per tonne (g/t) gold from a depth of 147m that includes a high-grade zone of 7m at 6.12g/t gold from 161m.

Results of more than 5g/t gold are generally considered to be high-grade.

Follow-up work will test for extensions of this intercept both down-plunge and along strike as the Sigma lode is just 400m from proposed underground workings at the Aphrodite deposit.

Infill drilling has also confirmed shallow supergene mineralisation in the optimised Sigma pit area that has the potential to increase its open pit ore reserves.

Supergene mineralisation at Sigma is free milling and will complement free milling ore feed from the Zoroastrian and Excelsior deposits.

Diamond core drilling is continuing at the northern end of the Zoroastrian deposit while reverse circulation drilling is expected to start shortly to follow-up on existing aircore results at the North Kanowna Star project.

Over in New South Wales, Red River Resources (ASX:RVR) has hit high-grade gold at the Curry’s Lode at its Hillgrove project with all holes in the drill program intersecting gold-tungsten-antimony mineralisation.

Notable results are:

  • 3.15m at 5.8g/t gold, 0.1 per cent antimony and 0.12 per cent tungsten from a depth of 34.85m
  • 1.9m at 5.9g/t gold and 0.35 per cent tungsten from 34.6m; and
  • 5m at 3g/t gold, 0.6 per cent antimony and 0.08 per cent tungsten.

All vein intersections are open at depth and strike.

The company has started planning the next phase of drilling at Curry’s Lode that targets extensions of the mineralisation.

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Gold drilling commencement

Also in NSW, Thomson Resources (ASX:TMZ) has kicked off Phase 2 drilling at its wholly-owned Yalgogrin gold project in the highly prospective Lachlan Fold Belt.

The 2,000m reverse circulation program builds on the results from the Phase 1 drilling and will seek to enhance its geological understanding of the structures controlling the mineralisation at the project.

Significant results from Phase 1 include 2m at 7.5g/t gold from 34m and 5m at 10.3g/t gold from 92m.

Assay results from the Phase 2 program are expected in November-December.

Separately, Thomson has appointed Global Ore Discovery to undertake technical due diligence work on the Webbs and Conrad silver projects that it is acquiring from from Silver Mines.

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