Balmoral Resources Ltd.
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Balmoral Resources Ltd.

July 07, 2011 08:00 ET

Balmoral Announces Significant Gold Discovery on Detour Gold Trend in Quebec

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) -

  • Intersects 6.15 g/t Gold Over 4.04 Metres and 4.18 g/t Gold Over 5.00 Metres in First Hole at Grasset
  • Strong Similarities to Major Deposits Throughout Abitibi Belt

Balmoral Resources Ltd. ("Balmoral" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BAR) announced today that the first hole testing its wholly owned Grasset Property, located immediately east of the Fenelon Property, has intersected a new zone of high-grade gold mineralization. Hole FAB-11-44, the last hole of the winter 2011 drill program, intersected a broad zone of anomalous gold mineralization (33.00 metres grading 1.66 g/t gold between 296.00 and 329.00 metres down the hole) centered around two higher grade intercepts of 4.04 metres grading 6.15 g/t gold and 5.00 metres grading 4.18 g/t gold (321.96-326.00 and 296-301 metres, respectively). The new discovery is located along the Detour-Sunday Lake Deformation Zone ("DSDZ") 8.8 kilometres east of the Fenelon Gold Zone and 3 kilometres southeast of the Fenelon exploration camp. Insufficient drilling has been completed to determine the true thicknesses of these intercepts.

"The discovery of a significant high grade gold occurrence in our first hole at Grasset continues to demonstrate the camp scale potential of our Detour Gold Trend Project," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of Balmoral Resources. "The strong geological similarities between this new discovery and a number of large gold deposits elsewhere in the Abitibi Belt is very encouraging, as is the fact that our model driven exploration approach is having tremendous early success along the Detour Gold Trend. Given our land position and success to date at Martiniere, Fenelon and now Grasset, Balmoral is positioned to be at the forefront in the discovery of the next major gold camp in North America's most productive gold district."

Today's announcement confirms the potential for the discovery of significant gold mineralization along the DSDZ for at least 88 kilometres, from the 20+ million ounce Detour Gold Deposit in Ontario through Balmoral's Martiniere and Fenelon Project, to the new Grasset discovery in Quebec. Balmoral currently controls over 70 kilometres of this Trend and based on the nature and setting of the gold mineralization at the Grasset discovery is in the process of expanding its land position.

Grasset Discovery

Gold mineralization at Grasset is hosted by a 50 metre wide zone of quartz-carbonate veining located within a previously untested gabbro body. The host gabbro is 9.0 kilometres long and parallels the northern margin of the regional scale DSDZ for 3.0 kilometres. The nearest historic drilling along this Trend is four kilometres to the west on Balmoral's Fenelon Property. The Company will immediately commence permitting of multiple drill locations for testing during its 2011 summer program.

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Gold mineralization is located immediately north of the contact between the gabbro and a thick polymictic conglomerate unit. This conglomerate unit resembles the Timiskaming conglomerates of the Timmins and Kirkland Lake gold camps. In these two multi-million ounce gold camps, located further south within the Abitibi greenstone belt, the Timiskaming - volcanic/intrusive contact marks a regional unconformity along which major deformation zones like the DSDZ are focused, providing a prime environment for the formation of large gold deposits. Similar quartz-carbonate vein hosted gold mineralization located along/near this type of contact forms an important component of the 16+ million ounce Dome and 4+ million ounce Pamour deposits in Timmins, Ontario. To the best of the Company's knowledge this is the first identification of a similar environment along the DSDZ.

Fenelon Expansion Drilling

Along strike testing has intersected extensions of the gold mineralized vein system at Fenelon. Drilling on sections 970 E, 990 E and 1150/60 E, representing the eastern and western extents of the near surface vein system, indicates that the Fenelon Gold Zone remains open along strike at shallow depths in both directions. Drilling to date has provided evidence for the lateral and vertical continuity of the shear-veins which comprise the Fenelon Gold Zone. It has also indicated that the Zone is prone to rapid variations in grade x thickness due to the presence of locally abundant coarse grained gold mineralization.

Hole No. Section Vein Type From
Metres
To
Metres
Interval
Metres
Gold
g/t
FAB-11-29 1150 E C Expand 118.50 119.53 1.03 5.14
FAB-11-30 1150 E No Significant Intercepts
FAB-11-31 1150 E No Significant Intercepts
FAB-11-32 1160 E C Expand 244.88 247.25 2.37 2.37
FAB-11-33 990 E E Expand 66.20 67.25 1.05 3.96
D 75.06 76.35 1.29 3.77
FAB-11-34 990 E E Expand 75.99 78.00 2.01 4.11
FAB-11-35 970 E D Expand 55.45 56.50 1.05 7.42
FAB-11-36
970 E
D
C
Expand
86.56
96.00
87.00
96.83
0.44
0.83
0.84
8.62
* Reported intercepts are interpreted to represent 80 to 95% of true thickness.

Fenelon Trend Exploration Drilling

A second exploration hole, drilled 380 metres northwest of the Fenelon Gold Zone, along the same mafic-ultramafic body which hosts Fenelon, returned an intercept of 5.67 g/t gold over 1.00 metre between 73.50 and 74.50 metres downhole. This hole was collared 45 metres southeast of hole FA-95-076 which had returned an intercept of 0.37 metres grading 11.01 g/t gold. Insufficient drilling has been completed to determine the true thicknesses of these intercepts.

Six additional exploration holes, targeting a second gabbro body located northeast of the Fenelon gabbro failed to intersect any significant gold mineralization.

The Fenelon and Grasset properties form part of Balmoral's district scale Detour Gold Trend Project. The Project extends for over 70 kilometres along the regional gold-bearing DSDZ, which hosts the multi-million ounce Detour Gold deposit in Ontario. Balmoral's Detour Gold Trend Project includes the Martiniere West, Central and East Gold Zones, the high-grade Fenelon Zone, the Lynx and Rambo prospects on the Detour East Property and the new Grasset discovery. By systematically employing modern exploration technologies and models to the least explored of the major gold trends in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Balmoral is looking to build on its initial successes and create shareholder value through resource definition and discovery.

Quality Control

Mr. Darin Wagner (P.Geo.), President and CEO of the Company, is the non-independent qualified person for the technical disclosure contained in this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Wagner has supervised the initial work programs on the properties, visited the properties on multiple occasions, examined the drill core from some of the holes summarized in this release and reviewed the analytical and quality control results.

Balmoral has implemented a quality control program for all of its drill programs to ensure best practice in the sampling and analysis of the drill core. This includes the insertion of blind blanks and certified standards into the sample stream. NQ sized drill core is saw cut with half of the drill core sampled at intervals based on geological criteria including lithology, visual mineralization and alteration. The remaining half of the core is securely stored on-site at the Company's Fenelon camp in Central Quebec. Drill core samples are transported in sealed bags to ALS-Chemex's Val d'Or, Quebec analytical facilities. Gold analyses are obtained via industry standard fire assay with atomic absorption finish using 50 g aliquots. For samples returning greater than 1.0 g/t gold the sample is re-analyzed via fire assay with a gravimetric finish. The Company has also requested that any samples returning greater than 8.0 g/t gold undergo screen metallic assay. Following receipt of assays visual analysis of mineralized intercepts is conducted and additional geochemical analysis may be requested to insure the accurate representation of mineralized zones. ALS Chemex is an ISO 9001-200 and ISO 17025 certified laboratory.

About Balmoral Resources Ltd. – www.balmoralresources.com

Balmoral is a Vancouver-based precious metal exploration and development company focused on district scale gold opportunities in politically favourable jurisdictions in North America. With a philosophy of creating value through the drill bit and with a focus on proven productive precious metal belts, Balmoral is following an established formula with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through resource expansion and discovery.

On behalf of the board of directors of BALMORAL RESOURCES LTD.

Darin Wagne, President and CEO

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including statements regarding the anticipated content, commencement, duration and cost of exploration programs, anticipated exploration program results, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, the timing of the receipt of assay results, and business and financing plans and trends, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions or are those which, by their nature, refer to future events. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include those related to weather, equipment and staff availability; performance of third parties; risks related to the exploration stage of the Company's projects; market fluctuations in prices for securities of exploration stage companies and in commodity prices; and uncertainties about the availability of additional financing; risks related to the Company's ability to identify one or more economic deposits on the properties, and variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located on the properties; risks related to the Company's ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities on the properties; and risks related to the Company's ability to produce minerals from the properties successfully or profitably . Trading in the securities of the Company should be considered highly speculative. All of the Company's public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the latest technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties.

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