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  • Stavely Minerals (SVY) has intersected strong copper-gold mineralisation in the northern part of the Cayley Lode
  • The Cayley Lode lies within the Thursday’s Gossan discovery, which is part of the Stavely Copper-Gold Project in Victoria
  • In one hole, Stavely intercepted 87 metres at 1.74 per cent copper, 0.57g/t and 20g/t of gold and silver respectively
  • Ongoing resource drilling is aimed at uncovering high-grade, near-surface copper-gold-silver mineralisation over a significant strike extent in the Cayley Lode
  • Importantly, an intercept has increased the strike length at Cayley Lode to 1.5 kilometres
  • Simultaneously, the company is gearing up for a mineral resource estimate which is due later this year
  • Stavely Minerals is up 25 per cent and shares are trading for 67.5 cents each

Stavely Minerals (SVY) has reported new assay results from ongoing drilling at the Thursday’s Gossan prospect within its Stavely Copper-Gold Project in Victoria.

The resource drilling program is aimed at uncovering high-grade, near-surface copper-gold-silver mineralisation over a significant strike extent in the Cayley Lode.

This is hoped to extend the current large inferred mineral resource in a shallow chalcocite-enriched blanket of 28 million tonnes at 0.4 per cent copper (gold and silver not estimated) at Thursday’s Gossan.

The most “exceptional intercept” from diamond drill hole SMD087 returned 87 metres at 1.74 per cent copper, 0.57g/t gold and 20g/t silver from 140 metres down-hole.

Importantly, the base of the 24-metre high-grade interval hosted strong polymetallic mineralisation. This graded at two metres at 9.95 per cent copper, 0.71g/t gold, 107g/t silver, 3.87 per cent zinc, 1.18 per cent lead, 0.89 per cent nickel, 0.90 per cent chromium and 0.05 per cent cobalt.

“We continue to be surprised by the incredible consistency and continuity of mineralisation in the Cayley Lode, with the results reported today including significant intervals of strong copper-gold mineralisation in the northern portion of the deposit,” Executive Chairman Chris Cairns said.

Diamond drill hole SMD085 has intersected the Cayley Lode below the low-angle structure (LAS) and returned 23 metres at 1.07 per cent copper, 0.11g/t gold from 339 metres down-hole, including four metres at 4.44 per cent copper, 0.26g/t gold and 7.9g/t silver from 357 metres, including one metre at 9.44 per cent copper, 0.22g/t gold and 6.4g/t silver.

The intercept in SMD085 has increased the defined strike extent of the Cayley Lode to 1.5 kilometres with the mineralisation remaining open both along strike and down-dip.

“This really highlights the significant lateral and vertical extents of these copper-lode style systems and suggests that there is considerable further upside to be unlocked as we continue to drill,” Chris added.

Resource drilling is continuing with four rigs operating on a roughly 40-metre by 40-metre drill pattern.

Stavely expects the mineral resource estimate for the shallow portions of the Cayley Lode will be completed in the second half of this year.

Once the near-surface potential is confirmed and similar regional targets are tested, drilling will move towards confirming the depth potential of high-grade copper-gold-silver mineralisation on a number of structures including the Cayley Lode, the North-South Structure and the Copper Lode Splay.

Stavely Minerals is up 25 per cent and shares are trading for 67.5 cents each at 10:22 am AEST.

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