Sunridge Gold Corp.

Sunridge Gold Corp.

April 01, 2009 09:43 ET

Sunridge Advances Work on Gupo Gold Deposit & Medrizien Prospect Yields Grab Samples Up to 319 g/t Gold

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - Sunridge Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SGC) is pleased to provide updates on the continuing work on two of the Company's gold projects, the Gupo gold deposit and the Medrizien gold prospect, located on the Asmara project, Eritrea. To date, Sunridge has primarily focused on its three base metals projects, Emba Derho, Adi Nefas and Debarwa. With a scoping study nearing completion on the large Emba Derho copper-zinc-gold deposit, management of Sunridge is now commencing more detailed exploration and development work on the gold deposits and prospects in close proximity to Emba Derho with the objective to add near surface gold resources to any future mining operations there. The Emba Derho deposit is only about 500 meters from Medrizien and approximately 6 kilometers away from Gupo.

Gupo Gold Deposit:

The Gupo gold deposit is one of a number of gold deposits on the Asmara project that was mined in the early part of the 20th century by Italian colonists. Gupo is a near surface, structurally controlled gold deposit that was previously mined from a number of small open-pits that stretch over a two kilometer strike length.

Sunridge has recently engaged AMEC Americas Limited to complete a comprehensive data review of all historic drill data on the Gupo deposit. The review will include a geostatistical analysis of all data and evaluation of the quality assurance and quality control programs of previous drill programs. It is anticipated that this work will allow for an updated resource estimate to be completed in the near future. The results will also assist in planning the next phase of drilling at Gupo.

A large database exists for the Gupo Gold deposit as it has been subject to three previous drill campaigns as follows:

- 1996 - 1998 - La Source Division Exploration ("La Source") drilled 124 reverse-circulation drill holes and 5 diamond drill holes;

- 2002 - Sub-Sahara Resources drilled 1 diamond drill hole;

- 2007 - Sunridge drilled 26 combination reverse-circulation/diamond drill holes.

Based only on the La Source drilling information, currently, the Inferred Resource at Gupo is 1,965,000 tonnes at an average grade of 2.99 g/t gold containing 189,000 ounces of gold to a vertical depth of 80 meters. Sunridge management believes that this resource can has the potential to be expanded and upgraded from the inferred to indicated category by the inclusion of the additional 27 drill holes completed by Sub-Sahara and Sunridge as well as by further exploration drilling.

Medrizien Gold Prospect:

The Medrizien Gold prospect was also mined by the Italian colonists and was one of the largest gold producers in the area by both open-pit and underground methods. Sunridge management has recently completed sampling and mapping of the Medrizien prospect in order to develop drill targets. A total of 65 rock grab samples were taken over the length of the prospect of which 57 samples were from the surface showing of mineralized quartz veins and altered halo of volcanic rocks. The results showed 10 samples with assays over 1 g/t gold with these sample values averaging 12.13 g/t gold with the highest assay being 74.7 g/t gold. The 8 rock samples taken from the old underground workings range from 0.14 g/t up to a value of 319 g/t with an average of 51.32 g/t gold.

The gold mineralization in the Medrizien Gold prospect varies in thickness from a few meters up to 25 meters over a 3 1/2 kilometer strike length and occurs in a stockwork of quartz veins associated with sulphides (pyrite and chalcopyrite) and in a surrounding halo of sheared volcanic rocks with sericite and pyrite.

About Sunridge

Sunridge Gold Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, discovery and development of precious and base metal projects. The company is currently conducting exploration on the Asmara Project in Eritrea. The Company has 62.4 million shares outstanding, approximately $6 million in cash and the Company trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SGC. For additional information on the company and its projects please view the slide show on our website at or call Don Halliday or Greg Davis at the numbers listed below.


1. A Quality Assurance/Quality Control program was part of the sampling program on the Medrizien gold prospect. This program includes chain of custody protocols as well as systematic submittals of standards, duplicates and blank samples into the flow of samples produced by the sampling.

2. Samples were prepared at African Horn Testing Services (Eritrea) and analyzed at Genalysis Laboratories (a NATA registered laboratory) in Perth, Western Australia.

3. The results of the Medrizien gold prospect sampling have been reviewed by Michael J. Hopley the Qualified Person for Sunridge. Mr. Hopley is also the person responsible for preparation of the technical information contained in this news release and is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunridge.


Michael Hopley, President and Chief Executive Officer

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