Softrock announces the sale of 500,000 shares of Greencastle Resources (VGN) on the TSX-V for $125,000 after receiving the final payment of one million shares on a two million share transaction initiated August 13, 2003

    CALGARY, April 24 /CNW/ - Softrock Minerals Ltd (SFT-TSX-Venture)
received a total of two million shares of Greencastle Resources
(VGN-TSX-Venture) as a result of an agreement made in August 2003 whereby
Softrock sold Vergene Capital Corp (fore-runner of Greencastle Resources
(VGN-TSX-Venture)) seven Saskatchewan oil and gas leases for $190,000. In
addition they were to receive one million shares of Vergene (Greencastle) when
the company had recovered their full purchase and developing investment back
from production from the leases plus another one million shares when the
company had recovered twice its investment.
    The $125,000 received will be put in the Softrock Treasury with the
balance of the Greencastle shares (One and one-half million).
    After studying Greencastle's assets and its future prospects it is the
intention of the Softrock Board to hold Greencastle shares for further
    Meanwhile testing is continuing with mixed results at two wells (9-31 and
4-5) in the Manitou Lake area of west Saskatchewan (Softrock working interest
30%). The wells have produced large volumes of water with heavy oil
necessitating heavy traffic in transporting water to disposal but a
combination of bad weather and availability of large pumps have made accurate
testing impossible.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors
    The Honourable Nick Taylor, President and CEO

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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